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Time Machine; the in-built backup of your Mac

macbook backupIf you are using a Mac, then obviously you might have opted an way to backup the data in it. As a traditional method, we generally copy test data from the Mac to an external hard drive or copy the data files to the cloud server. But do you know, the Mac itself has a built-in software called “Time Machine” which though was introduced with OS X 10.5 Leopard, but is still functional in the Mac. We know not if you have used it earlier, but if not used then truly you should try it ones. It’s one of the easiest and superb ways to back up your Mac data and is great for people who want to restore either Individual or multiple data in case of any issues.

Now you will definitely want to know How the Time Machine works. Time Machine is functional with any hard disk connected to your PC via USB, FireWire, or Thunderbolt. Also you can connect it using Apple’s Time Capsule and a backup disk connected to your PC over a network (the Disk must support Apple File Protocol). The disk as long connected to your PC will create a Time Machine backup using the Network connection.

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Once you enable it, the Time Capsule starts creating backups for your Mac data taking periodic snapshots and cataloging those on the external hard drive you have connected. As per requirement, it creates hourly, daily and weekly so that you can restore a piece of content whenever required. Most importantly, Time Machine by default will delete the oldest data on your harddrive if it gets full to replace the new data. Besides, connecting a OS X Yosemite or later on your Mac and enabling the Time Machine will itself create back up of your laptop once a day or a week (As Set) using the “Local Snapshots” feature even though you are away from the Time Machine drive. During the backup process if your hard drive starts filling, then again old backups will be purged keeping a least 20 percent free space on your drive.

Now let’s see How you can enable Time Machine on your Mac, how you can restore data, How you cann exclude data from Time Machine or How you can Restore your Hard Drive  from Time Machine Backup.

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How to Enable Time Machine Backups on Mac

  • First of all go to Apple Menu, select System Preferences and then choose the Time Machine icon.
  • Next Click Select Backup Disk and choose the disk tha
  • t you want to use as Time Machine Backup.
  • Now check the Back Up Automatically box and it will auto backup your Mac data to your selected disk.

How to Restore files from Time Machine Backup

  • To restore files from Time Machine Backup, at first go to the Apple Menu and from there select System Preferences.
  • Again choose the Time Machine icon and check the Show Time Machine in menu bar box.
  • Detect the file or folder you want to restore and click Restore. 
  • Time Machine now will restore the data to its original location on Mac.

How to exclude files from Time Machine

If you are interested to exclude some files that you want not to back up during the auto Backup process of the Time Machine, then the following steps will help you out.

  • To exclude, go to System Preferences from Apple Menu and click on Time Machine.
  • Then click Options and next click the + Button.
  • Select the files that you want not to create a backup and then click Exclude.
  • Click Save and your data will now not be backed up.

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How to Restore Hard Drive from Time Machine Backup

Now if you want to restore the complete hard drive from the Time Machine Backup, then you will have to follow the below mentioned steps.Let’s have a look.

  • Now before starting the procedure, ensure that your Mac is ample charged. Now start the Run Window (ctrl+r) on your Mac and type macOS Recovery Partition on the Search box. It should open a Window that prompts macOS Utilities.
  • From there select Restore from Time Machine Backup and click Continue.
  • Now you will be redirected to a page called Restore Your System and again click Continue.
  • Select Time Machine backup and click Continue.
  • Now select the Most Recent Backup of your hard drive and click Continue.

Now Mac will start creating the complete backup of the Time Machine and once finished it will restart automatically. So what you think guys? Would you like to create a Time Machine backup for your Mac or you would like to do it by using an external hard drive? Forget not to share your views with us. But better we would recommend you to use the built-in option rather than choosing anything out. But if you never think of creating a back up of your Mac, then you must think about it because it’s always better to move with a safe hand.

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