How To Use Time Machine Backups to Avoid Data Recovery

When disaster strikes and you lose all of your data, your only real option is to call an experienced data recovery service. However, you can take some steps to reduce the likelihood of this need occurring. Your options vary depending on your hardware.

Mac users have Time Machine at their disposal. If used properly, Time Machine can help avoid the need to use a mac data recovery service.

What Exactly Is The Time Machine?

Time Machine is the built-in backup system for Macs operating OS X. It works on a schedule you set to backup your system to an external drive. You can use it to view files from the past or completely reset your system.

Time Machine allows the user to control the intervals between backups and the specific files are the backed up. You should use the function to create backups of your entire system. It requires more space, but it’s more helpful in the case of information loss.

Setting up and operating Time Machine is fairly simple compared to third-party backup programs. You just need to select a drive, connect it to the Mac, and create your backup.

Selecting The External Backup Drive

The first step towards securing your files with Time Machine is selecting and preparing an external backup drive. It’s a good idea to select a drive that can take full advantage of your Mac’s capabilities.

You also want to choose a backup drive you think will remain relevant through coming updates. That means connecting via Thunderbolt port is a good option while FireWire probably isn’t.

In terms of size, we recommend using a hard drive that’s at least twice the size of your normal hard drive. This will allow for multiple versions of your files.

Connect The Drive And Create A Backup

If your hard drive is formatted properly, then the initial setup is as easy as connecting it to your Mac. You’ll see a pop-up window with an option that reads “Use as Backup Disk”. Time Machine will take over from there and begin a complete backup of your system.

You can expect your first system backup with Time Machine to take at couple of hours, maybe more if you have a lot of data to save. Luckily, it’s only this slow with the initial backup. Future backups take up less time depending on how long it has been between backups. For fastest results, you should schedule regular backups throughout the day.

Most Options Should Be Left Alone

You have a few different options to mess around with in the Time Machine menu. There is an option to exclude items, which you can do if you feel comfortable, but it isn’t recommended. A full copy of your entire system is ideal.

The one option you might want to turn on involves deleting older backups quietly in the background. There is also an option to allow backups while on battery power, but it is best to leave this off. If the battery fails while creating a backup it could corrupt the files.

A Professional Data Recovery Service Can Help

Sometimes data is corrupted and backups are just too outdated to contain the files you need. If disaster strikes and Time Machine can’t help, you do have alternatives. Specifically, contacting a data recovery service may be your best option.

Losing all of your data at home can be a serious blow, but it can be even worse if you’re a business owner. Losing your files could result in losing a lot of valuable time, money, and records. These are the most severe cases when contacting a data recovery service as soon as possible is recommended.