Just in case sh*t hits the fan, have some peace of mind and make sure you’ve got a backup of all your files, videos, and photos from your computer. Back that up! Watch our video. Steps below. Good on you for taking care of your Mac 🙂 Enjoy!
How to Set Up a Backup Drive on Your Mac OS X:
- Plug in your new backup drive to your Mac with the cable the drive came with: USB/Thunderbolt/Firewire/or eSATA.
- A pop-up window should soon come up, “Do you want to use (backup drive) to back up with Time Machine?”
- Click: Use as Backup Disk.
- Another pop-up window will ask, “Are you sure you want to erase the backup disk? Erasing will destroy all information on the disk and can’t be undone.”
- Click: Erase (Note: New backup drives should be formatted to ensure it will be compatible with your computer.)
- Once formatting is complete, Time Machine will now open. And Time Machine should have already made your new backup drive as the default for its backups.
- If NOT, go back to System Preferences > Time Machine, and click: Select Disk. Click on the drive you want to use and click: Use Disk. And you’re done.
- Backups on your Time Machine should be automatic from here on out every time you plug in your backup drive. Done. Enjoy!
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