How to back up your Mac before installing OS X Mavericks

Back up Mac | How to backup files before OS X Mavericks arrives?

The arrival of Mavericks OS X brings many new changes, you can read about them here. Trust me, if you haven’t read about Mavericks or heard anything about the updates that are coming, you’ll definitely want to check them out sooner rather than later. So, the best thing for any Mac user to do before a major update is to backup files.

Why should I backup?

Backing up files on your Mac is always a good idea, no matter the situation. In fact, when’s the last time you did a backup? Exactly. You should do one right now while reading this article. And, when installing a new OS X, it's best to backup files just in case the changes bring something unexpected. Accidents happen. Technology is never perfect.


What should I backup?

You should back up all of your important documents, files, and folders. It’s a good idea to be as safe as possible by ensuring that everything is taken care of.

With Apple’s Time Machine, backing up files couldn’t be any simpler. All you need is a few spare minutes and an external hard drive.

So, let’s start!

How to back up your files

  1. Open an app called Time Machine.
  2. Click “Select Backup Disk.”
  3. Select where you wish to save your files (an external drive works best, Apple Time Capsule is a safe bet).
  4. Click “On” on left hand side of the screen to turn Time Machine on.
  5. On the right, under the name of the storage device, there are three lines that say, “Oldest backup,” “Latest backup,” and “Next backup.” Your backup should be scheduled within the next 5 minutes.
  6. Don’t want to wait? In the Finder Bar at the top of your screen, a few icons left of the Date & Time, click on the “arrow clock” icon and select "Back Up Now."

Once Time Machine begins working, give it some time to finish copying. There you have it! All of your Mac files are safely backed on the drive you’ve chosen. Make sure you double-check to see that your files are all intact.

Now…Wasn’t that easy?

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