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The Right way to Backup your Laptop or Macbook Data

This is our first post in ‘How To’ Series where we help you with Macbook and Windows Tips and tricks.

I don’t need to tell you how important the data on your laptop is. No one wants to lose their documents, Family Vacation pictures or collection of Tarantino movies. And yet sometimes accidents happen. Your hard drive might crash or your data might get lost over an update. If this hasn’t happened to you, you’re lucky. But believe me, you don’t want to be on the other side.

So, We have set up this guide to help you take the backup properly for your Windows machine or Mac to keep you safe from such accidents.

When it comes to backing up your system, there are two ways to do it.

Offline Backup:

Offline Backup or local backup is done on a local hard drive on your system and they don’t need any sort of internet connectivity.

You need an external hard drive for that. You can buy one online from Amazon or Flipkart for as low as Rs. 4000 for 1 TB of storage. The Storage depends on the amount of data you have on your system. If you have a 1TB internal hard drive on your system, chances are that only 500GB of them is full and you have to backup only an important part for that.

Backup on Windows 10 using File History

Backing up your system with Windows 10 is an easy task.

Search for File History in the search column or you can find the option in Backup in Settings app on your Windows 10 system.

Choose the file or folders you want to backup and how often you want to back them up.

Plug your external hard drive and the system will back it up accordingly.

Backup on Mac using Time Machine

Backing up your files on Mac is done using the built-in Time Machine app.

Plug in your hard drive.

Open the Time Machine app. You can find it in the menu bar or search for it in the spotlight. Time Machine is also available in settings.

Assign your hard drive as the backup drive and your Mac will do the rest. It will backup all your files and folders so that you can use it later.

Don’t forget to connect your hard drive regularly so that you have the recent backup if your system or hard drive fails.

Time Machine also comes in handy if you’re changing your Mac. It clones the entire hard drive on to your new Mac.

OnlIne Backup/Cloud Backup

Offline backup relies on your external hard drive or whatever storage device you use and that is also hardware which means, prone to crash or data loss.

Cloud backups come in handy in that case. There are a handful of online cloud storage services that make up a folder on your system and periodically backup your data to the cloud.

Every cloud service has a free plan starting from 5 GB minimum that is more than enough to store your important files and folders.

Accessing these files is handy from any browser on via an app on your phone. You can choose from iCloud, Google Drive or Onedrive depending on your choice. Here is a great comparison chart by Lifehacker on different online cloud services to help you choose easily.

So, We will suggest you to backup your data on a local hard drive and for a secondary backup, keep your important files on a cloud service as a backup to your backup.

Keep your data safe and backup your files regularly.

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