How To Backup Your Mac Properly

Wanna know how to back up your Mac properly? I haven’t had good luck with Apple’s built-in Time Machine application, but SuperDuper! has served me well for years. Here’s a simple step-by-step for backing up our Mac:

  1. Download a copy of SuperDuper! and pay for it. It’ll be the best $27.95 you’ve ever spent.
  2. Make sure you have a spare hard drive for backups. I recommend the Western Digital My Passport line. You can get a 500 GB drive for around $150
  3. Quit all running applications.
  4. Launch SuperDuper!
  5. Choose your Mac’s internal hard drive (typically this is Macintosh HD, unless you changed the name of it) in the drop-down menu on the left-hand side.
  6. On the right-hand drop-down, choose Disk Image, which will launch a window asking you where you want to place the disk image.
  7. Make sure you pick your external hard drive as the location on which the disk image will be saved, make sure you choose “Read/Write "Sparse” Image" for the Image Type, which you’ll see in that same window.
  8. Click Save
  9. Just below the two drop-down menus that tell you the source and destination for your backup, there’s another drop-down menu asking you what kind of backup you want to do. I recommend you choose “Backup – all files.”
  10. You’re ready to start the backup now, so click on the Copy Now button, enter your Mac’s password (this is the same password you enter when you install software).
  11. An alert will pop-down asking if you’re sure you want to continue, click Copy and off you go!

The backup process can take a long time. Like, really long, so I recommend running the backup before you go to bed and when you wake up in he morning, you should have a fresh backup of your Mac.