Backups are very important for backing up the data we have on our Macs. Now that we’ve given it the importance it deserves, we know the options our OS X system offers us and the applications other developers give us, all that’s left is to summarize what we’ve learned and maintain our habits to protect our data. Are you going to miss it?
Almost without realizing it, we have reached the end of this special dedicated to making our backups on our Mac. We’ve seen the importance of these backups and how we can prepare a hard drive for this task, as well as three different applications for making these backups on our OS X system. Also we looked at the standard tool included with our system: Time Machine , and how we can use this tool to restore our Mac system if we have had any problems with it.
Once we have analysed all these issues, it is time to take a look back and analyse what we have really learned with this special. Two things that usually interest users when choosing an application, is the ease of use of this application and that you can make a custom configuration , so you can use the program based on the needs of the user.
We have seen that Time Machine is very simple to use, since you hardly have to configure anything and you already have your automatic backups . You just tell her which disk you want to use and she starts working. It is precisely this simplicity that throws some users off, as the fact that you cannot control when you back up or what type of data you can or cannot save, eliminates any possibility of personal configuration , unless you use third-party applications, as we have seen in the special.
Another thing that worries users a little is the capacity of the hard drive we use to back up our Mac. In this special issue, we recommend using a disk with three times the capacity of the machine’s internal disk , which can give us a very large disk size . Few people can afford a 3 TB disk for copies if they have a 1 TB internal disk. However, to do this calculation, instead of looking at the total size of the disk, we can use just the size used , so if we have only 300 GB used, we will “only” need a 1 TB disk, more or less.
In this special we scratched a little bit above the issue of backups on OS X . There are many more applications for this task than we have named, some better, some worse, and there are also many other ways to protect our data, such as disk cloning, cloud storage or NAS disks, which also allow us to store data over a network. But the intention of this special is not to go to the limit of knowledge, but to make us aware of the importance of backups and to initiate us on this path in the best way.
Now it is up to you to analyse which methods and applications are best suited to protect your sensitive data and, if you want and can, share it with us so that we can all learn from this important and necessary practice, so we ask you: What system and program do you use to protect your data?