These days almost all of our important information is stored in bis and bytes on our computers. If you are like most computer users, you’re backing up only occasionally, which means you could lose all your data if your Mac malfunctions.
Get peace of mind by ensuring your precious photos, music, emails, and documents are backed up properly, using the 3-2-1 rule:
- 3 — Have at least 3 copies of your data
- 2 — Keep these backups on 2 different media
- 1 — Store 1 backup off-site
Have at least 3 copies of your data
One backup drive is not enough. We often help customers by trying to restore their data from a backup after their hard drive has crashed, only to find that their backup drive is also failing.
We highly recommend using the Mac’s built-in backup software: Time Machine. But it’s important that you don’t stop there–always incorporate a second backup of your data (this is the third copy of the data–Original, plus two backups).
- Copy #1: Original Source (Your Computer)
- Copy #2: Time Machine Backup (External Hard Drive)
- Copy #3: Other Media–DVD’s, Flash Drives, or Online Backups
Keep these backups on 2 different media
Each form of digital media is susceptible to different forms of deterioration due to environment or age. Just like you do with your financial investments, it’s important to diversify the risk that any one factor will damage all of your backups.
We recommend using an online backup solution for this because most cloud-based backup providers have high levels of security and redundancy in their data centers, ensuring that your data is safe from both theft and media failures. Incorporating an online backup solution as your second backup also satisfies the final point of the 3-2-1 Rule:
Store 1 backup off-site
We don’t like to think about disaster striking our lives, but it’s important to plan for it. It doesn’t do us any good to have great backups if we keep those backups in the same place as our computer, where all of it can be destroyed in one disaster, such as a flood or fire.
A Complete Backup Solution:
These are the tools we use, and what we recommend to all of our customers.
Time Machine Backup to External Hard Drive
We sell 1.0TB and 2.0TB USB hard drives and will configure them for you so that all you have to do is plug it in and it will backup any changes since the last backup.
We use and recommend Backblaze as the ultimate online backup solution. They provide unlimited backups for just $50 per computer, including any external hard drives you have connected to that computer. Backblaze runs in the background on your Mac so you don’t even have to think about it–backing up your data anytime you are connected to the internet.
For folks who need even more peace of mind, as well as minimizing downtime if their computer were to fail, we recommend keeping an up-to-date clone of your computer using Carbon Copy Cloner.
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