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In fact, it's good to back up files stored on your computer periodically, so make sure that your documents, photos, and files are protected by providing a backup in case of hardware crashes, software malfunctions, pirated software attacks, or those containing viruses. Apple makes this process easier for Mac users with the built-in Time Machine tool that lets you back up your entire system and then restore the stored files or the entire drive when needed.

You can back up manually or automatically, and you can store these backups on an external drive, mac device, network storage, or AirPort Time Capsule. In fact, the Time Machine app hasn't changed in years, so the backup process doesn't change depending on the mac version you're using. However, the initial steps of the copying process vary based on backup media, so we will cover each type individually in this article.

External drive

 If there's an external drive, connect it to your Mac device and make sure its icon appears on your desktop. Open System Preferences and go to Time Machine> Select Backup Desk, select drive, and click Use Desk.

 If the disk is not pre-set up to support Mac and Time Machine, you will be asked to erase disk data first and then the drive will be ready for backup.

 Back up if you use another Mac device

 To use another Mac device as a destination to keep files copied in the backup process, you'll need to create a shared folder to serve as a backup site. You can then connect the two devices to each other by opening the Finder app on the device you want to back up and then double-click the Mac destination listed under. Network


Open the preferences list in the Time Machine app on your Mac that you want to back up, click Select Desk, select the destination you want to copy your files, and click Use Desk. Time Machine will then ask you to enter the username and password of the device you have chosen.

Web copying

 Backing up on network storage devices known as NAS can be difficult because time Machine works only with certain types of volumes. For example, if you own a Nas Synology device, it supports Time Machine and provides users with a support page to help them get information on how to use NAS in the backup process. For other types of NAS drives and network storage, you may have to contact the supplier to see if they can be used for backup through Time Machine.

All you have to do is open Preferences in the Time Machine app on your Mac that you want to copy, click Select Desk, and choose to share backups on your NAS or other network devices. Time Machine will then ask you to enter your user name and network password.

Adjust backup settings

In fact, the backup process is done automatically. Time Machine maintains local backups based on available disk space, and the 24-hour backup process is done, while for daily backups it is for one month, and there are also weekly backups, which include the past months. Older backups are automatically deleted when the storage space on the backup media runs out.

If you don't want to automatically run the backup process, disable the Backup Automaticy command. You can also activate the Show Time Machine in the bar command to access the app faster.