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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

Don’t Let Your Valuable Data Fall Victim To Friday The 13th

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Time Machine is an excellent way to back up your files! Its only cool and powerful if you actually turn it on and USE it!

Time Machine is an excellent way to back up your files! It's only cool and powerful if you actually turn it on and USE it!

Friday the 13th would be an excellent time to ensure that your Mac’s valuable hard drive data is fully backed up. We’ve been over this before, but here in the MacMedics Lab we see this just about everyday. We HATE to see folks in here who have lost pictures, school papers, financial, and business documents when a back up system can be had for as little as $99! In fact, we often have to perform data recovery for folks that bought a back up hard drive, but never even took it out of the box to set it up. We’ll complete a data recovery for someone, and when we get to the part where we need to have the “Backup Talk” we find out they had a back up drive, but just never used it.

Someone will get a new Mac as a present for Christmas or Hanukkah and since Apple is so well known for excellent quality, new Mac owners will delay their backup plans. We also hear about this happening because of the lack malware and virus issues on the Macintosh as well. Since these issues hardly ever impact the Macintosh platform, people are less likely to plan ahead for problems.

You need to make your back up system automatic, or use a program like Time Machine. That’s the first step. Nobody, and I mean NOBODY can keep up with a “manual” drag-n-drop back up! To boot, quite a bit of the data loss we see here at MacMedics actaully happens when someone copies over important data during a drag-n-drop Finder copy. Sometime, folks think they have the data copied, but something goes wrong and they just end up with an alias, then they go and delete the original data, because they think they just copied it.

The second step is to regularly test that back up to ensure your files are there and you’re able to grab them anytime you need them. There’s no such thing as a “Set-It-And-Forget-It” back up system. Even with Apple’s Time Machine, you should keep a close eye on it to ensure it IS backing you up and that the hard drive that Time Machine is using is healthy!

If you need help getting your back up set up, our advice is free, and we have external portable and desktop hard drives in stock!

If you have data you care about it needs to be backed up! Just because your computer is new or you just replaced the hard drive offers you very little protection. Hard drives can die at any time, and in fact there’s an increased risk of that occurring in the first 30 to 60 days of a hard drives’ life.

See our website for more info on “retiring” older drives and ensuring you have a safe back up.

Also, an Off-Site back up is a nice way to double your chances for data recovery. Plus, if something terrible happens like a theft, fire, or flood, your data is still safe. See this post for more info on that.

Also, as an added tip: Don’t have iPhoto delete your pictures off your camera. Leave them in two places, in iPhoto AND on your camera until you have them BACKED UP. You ALWAYS want to have your valuable data in TWO PLACES at all times. You can manually delete them off your camera once you have them backed up on your computer.

Be sure to read “The Nine Things We Wish We Did Before Our House Burned Down“. We have the list line by line and a link to the original post, which is a “MUST READ” for anyone that has a house OR a computer

Written by Dana Stibolt

May 13th, 2011 at 8:21 am

Protect Your Holiday Photos With These Simple Steps

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While you are enjoying AND taking pictures of your family during this holiday time, make sure you protect those precious memories.

One of the best tips is NEVER let iPhoto erase your photos off your camera or iPhone.

Here’s what you do.

1. Hook up your camera or iPhone.
2. Let iPhoto import your photos.
3. When iPhone is done, it will ask if it can erase your photos off your device. Say NO!
4. Quit iPhoto.
5. Run Time Machine to back up all of your new data.
6. Once your backup has completed, then it’s safe to erase the info off your iPhone or camera.

The trick here is to always have you data in two places as once. Most accidental data loss happens when folks are moving data around. Let your back up run automatically, and let iPhoto do its import automatically. You can also “burn” your photos right to a CD or DVD right from iPhoto. CD’s only cost about .15 cents, so this is a cost effective way to double your back up. These CD’s or DVD’s can be given to family member and/or stored off site, so that in addition to your Time Machine back up, you can also have an off-site back up as well.

Also, if you get a new Mac (or you’re giving yourself one) for the holidays, and you have plans to pass your old Mac off to someone else, pay attention to this!

During the holidays or in the New Year, people start moving their data around, so they can get rid of, sell, or give away an old Mac. DO NOT format your old hard drive UNTIL you have fully tested and check to ensure all of your data has made it to the new computer.

Don’t format your old computer until you’ve run a backup on your new computer, and have your data in TWO places. We also suggest waiting a few days, and then format your old Mac in preparation to give it away. Every year we see folks with plans like this, destroy their data too soon, and then realize too late that something terrible happened during the transfer and related re-gift.

You can read more about this topic at this previous MacMedics Blog post.

Questions? Just call us! 1-866-MAC-MEDICS

Written by Dana Stibolt

December 23rd, 2010 at 4:55 pm

MacMedics Free Meet Your New Mac & Backup Seminars

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Did you get a new Macintosh computer for the holidays? Did you treat yourself to an upgrade for 2011?

Come to one of our free Meet Your New Mac & Backup seminars next week

We’ll be hosting both some early morning and early evening talks. Our techs will be on hand to answer questions from MacMedics clients and friends. Also, on the agenda, backups and how to protect your data using multiple methods.

In the morning sessions, we’ll be serving coffee and donuts, and in the afternoon, we’ll have snacks and soft drinks.

The morning session for January will be held at 9:00 AM on Tuesday January 18th.

The evening session for January will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday January 20th.

Our Millersville office is located at:

1131 Benfield Blvd. Suite H
Millersville, MD 21108

Find us on Google Maps here.

If you’d like to come, please let us know so we can put you on the list.

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Written by Dana Stibolt

December 23rd, 2010 at 3:39 pm