When used correctly, Time Machine is a powerful tool that can provide any Mac user with peace of mind and security. Computer systems often experience data loss and corruption due to a myriad of different factors. By securely backing up information on a regular basis, the impact of such data losses can be minimized and computer users can protect themselves. Before starting to use Time Machine, it is essential for Mac users to learn a few simple keys to help streamline the process. The following 10 tips are among the most valuable tools available.
1. Minimize Backup Size by Being Selective
While some computer users need copies of all of their data, many Mac owners instead only need backups of a few select items. It is easy to modify which areas of a machine are backed up using Time Machine preferences. By deselecting areas that are not essential, backups will be smaller.
2. Choose a Large External Drive
It’s easy to think that a small drive will do the trick, but many Mac users are surprised to learn just how much space a complete backup demands. Purchasing a large drive from day one will help ensure backups occur correctly.
3. Use Time Machine for New Computers
Many Mac users don’t realize Time Machine can duplicate their computer on a new machine. This is a great tip for consumers who purchase a new machine. Simply choose to setup the new system from an external drive.
4. Upgrade Your Connection
Time Machine works over various connections. Why not explore one of these options if you’re experiencing slow transfer speeds? USB, Firewire, and Thunderbolt are all popular solutions.
5. Seamlessly Change Hard Drives
Ready to move to a new drive? Time Machine makes this easy. Open Disk Utility to restore and erase an old or new drive, using Time Machine to bring a backup to life once again.
6. Restore Files with Ease
Have you misplaced or erased a file by accident? Open Time Machine in Finder, and click the file in question, selecting “Restore.” The file will be brought back to its original location on the computer, just like a file restored from a Mac’s trash.
7. Setup a Wireless Connection Quickly
Wireless connections are extremely convenient, especially for Mac owners using a portable machine, such as a MacBook or MacBook Air. The first backup, however, will likely take some time over a wireless connection. Instead of forcing it to occur wireless, initially use a USB or Firewire connection. This will make subsequent backup actions much quicker.
8. Run Backups at Scheduled Intervals
Without any input from the user, backups on Time Machine occur hourly. This can be a problem for users relying on memory-hogging programs like Photoshop or Final Cut Pro. Edit the schedule to allow normal activity to occur without interruption.
9. Place Time Machine in the Menu Bar
Time Machine in the menu bar is simply easier to access, but it has an added bonus: by displaying Time Machine here, it is easier to abort a backup in progress.
10. Run Backups in Command Line
For Terminal users, it may be useful to run backups using Command Line. The following command should do the trick: /System/Library/CoreServices/bacupd.bundle/Contents/Resources/backupd-helper-auto
This guest post has been written by David Ritchie. David is a freelance technical writer interested in Mac YouTube downloader software.