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Start off 2018 with a new Time Machine backup system!

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The New Year is a great time to start fresh with a good backup system. Do yourself a favor and resolve to get a system to protect your data (and your family’s) installed as soon as possible. There are lots of options, and most are very inexpensive ($99.). Ask your MacMedics Engineer or Service Coordinator for help. We’ll be happy to help install a system that’s right for you.

Hard drives can fail at any time or any age, so it’s critical always to have a back up of your data. Our message must be getting out there because we see more and more clients who are in the planning stage of a backup system lose their data the day before they hooked the new back up system up. As ironic as that sounds, it happens all the time. People just put it off too long, and the risk catches up with them. With larger capacity hard drives available from Apple, that risk only increases the amount of data stored in one place. An automatic and reliable back up system should be put in place BEFORE you start generating data.

Another situation we commonly see is where a backup has been made, and the primary drive then gets erased (on purpose) in preparation for a move to a new computer or some other reason. It’s very, very important that when you make a back up with a plan to only have that data on solely the backup drive for a time, that you test to ensure your data is there. If the backup is bootable, then try booting off it to test. If it’s a Time Machine back up, then do some sample restores from a couple of different days. The rule here is if you’re going to be moving your data, it’s imperative that to check to see that data is valid before you erase your old data.

P.S. Don’t forget to backup your iPhone to iCloud or you Mac!

Written by Dana Stibolt

January 1st, 2018 at 11:11 am