As we noted in our previous post, your Mac computers are not unbreakable. When it comes to preparing for a disaster, you’ve got different options. Here’s how to back up your Mac computer.


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You Can Use Time Machine to Back Up Your Mac Computer

Time Machine is a backup program that is included with every Mac OS X computer. You can set it up from the System Preferences. It’s easy to use and you can back up your files to a secondary disk or portable media. The downside? It does not offer an option to back up directly to the cloud.

Also, Time Machine will take snapshots of the Mac OS X system, but not a full backup. It can help you make hourly, daily, or weekly backups. The oldest backups are automatically deleted when your local storage becomes full.

Time Machine is only an option if you’re saving a copy of your Mac computer data to local or portable storage. It does not fit for the cloud.


You Can Use iCloud Drive to Back Up Your Mac Computer

Apple’s Mac OS X comes with  5GB of free iCloud storage. This is storage in the cloud where you can manually copy files to.

Here’s how to  start using iCloud Drive on your Mac:

  1. Create your iCloud account on Apple’s website.
  2. Turn the service on in the System Preferences of your computer.

Once enabled, you can access iCloud Drive either from Finder or using your web browser (Safari, etc. ).

The reality is, 5GB is an insignificant storage size. So, if you want to use iCloud as your unique online storage for files, you’ll need to pay for more space. And iCloud will help you save files, but not make snapshots or a full backup of your computer.

iCloud Drive is a simple online storage. You’re limited to backing up files. There’s no option for snapshots or full backup of your Mac computer.  


You Can Use Enterprise File Sync and Share Applications to Back Up Your Mac Computer

A lot of Mac owners use their computers for graphic design. Some design application vendors include online storage so you can automatically sync and share folders or files from your Mac computer.

For instance, Adobe Creative Cloud comes with every Adobe design product and includes  5GB of free storage by default. Also, Office users on Mac can sync their files on OneDrive and G Suite users can save their date on Google Drive. There are also independent enterprise file sync and share providers like DropBox. In all cases, you must pay for more space because the free storage is limited.

Enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) applications come with fancy features like co-authoring and versioning. But it’s not a complete backup solution that you can rely on to recover a dead Mac OS X computer.

EFSS is not an option for a full backup of your Mac computer.


You Can Rely on Backup as a Service platforms to Back Up Your Mac Computer to the Cloud

Backup as a Service is offered in multiple ways. As explained earlier, the combination of backup software and cloud storage makes it easier to manage your backups because you get to deal with a single provider. It’s much easier to get assistance and control over backups.

What is SherWeb Online Backup?

SherWeb Online Backup is a Backup as a Service solution that will back up any device, including Mac OS X computers. You can back up a few files from your computer or do a full backup. SherWeb Online Backup comes with:

  • Unlimited online storage
  • Free software agents to install on all your devices
  • A web management console to orchestrate all your backups

Moreover, with the upcoming Disaster Recovery feature, you’ll soon be able to start a backed-up Mac OS X computer directly in the cloud, without restoring it to a physical machine first. SherWeb Online Backup is billed per gigabyte on a monthly basid.


How to Install SherWeb Online Backup on a Mac Computer

Follow these steps to install the backup agent on your Mac OS X computer. Note that it has to be connected to the internet:

  1. From the web console, download the OS X agent.
  2. Double-click the installation file (.dmg).
  3. Wait while the operating system mounts the installation disk image.
  4. Double-click Install.
  5. When prompted, provide administrator credentials.
  6. Specify the account credentials of Mac computer.
  7. Follow the instructions to complete the installation procedure.


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Written by Sadissa Babeni Marketing Content Writer @ SherWeb

Sadissa is an IT professional and joined SherWeb in 2013 as a technical writer and trainer. A former systems administrator, she brings her decade-long field experience to SherWeb's marketing department, with her broad knowledge of cloud computing and service management. Sadissa is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate in Windows Server and Office 365, and has earned other IT certifications over the years. She has a passionate interest in singing in vocal ensembles and learning foreign languages.