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How to Set Up Mac Time Machine

By July 22, 2015How To

Almost all of us have had the heart-wrenching experience of losing important and perhaps even sentimental information, data, pictures, videos, and so on, when a computer finally goes kaput. Sometimes that hurt takes a backseat while you figure out how to get yourself back online, but once you’ve got yourself back to a normal state that information never comes back- unless you’ve backed it up.
If you’ve got a Mac, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t set up Mac Time Machine right now! All you need is an external hard drive formatted for Mac OS X Extended. At any time, Mac Enthusiasts will be more than happy to set up any software for you, if you bring your Mac to us, but setting up Time Machine is so simple you may not even need us!

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 4.11.45 PM Once you plug in your external hard drive, a window will pop up giving you the option to set this up as your back-up for Time Machine. If you haven’t formatted your drive for OS X, Time Machine will ask you to do it. If you do reformat it, everything will be deleted on it. Make sure you’re ready to delete it before you reformat. After you go through the steps of setting up Time Machine, you’ll also want to encrypt your back-ups with a password so other users cannot access your data.
From here, Time Machine will automatically back-up your Mac. You also have the option to manually back-up your Mac any time you feel it necessary. Any time you want to check in on the progress of your Time Machine back-up, you can click on the Time Machine icon in your menu.
You can also restore previous versions of your Mac at any point. Choose finder and then select “Enter Time Machine” from the Time Machine menu. You can search through items using Finder and/or the dates on the right. Select any item and click “restore” to restore a previous version of the file.
If you have any trouble setting up Time Machine, or have any other questions, you can come into Mac Enthusiasts or contact us here. If you’re lacking in an external hard drive formatted for Mac, check out our Mac accessories for the best deals or follow us on Facebook for our free hard drive giveaways every Thursday from July 26th- August 20th!

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