How do you back up a Mac?
Turn on Time Machine and select the backup destination. Once your external drive is plugged in, go to System Preferences > Time Machine and toggle the switch from "Off" to "On." Then click the "Select Disk…" button to select the drive or volume you want to use for Time Machine.
Open Time Machine preferences from the Time Machine menu in the menu bar. Or choose Apple (?) menu > System Preferences, then click Time Machine. Click Select Backup Disk, Select Disk, or Add or Remove Backup Disk. Select a backup disk from the list, then click Use Disk.
- Step 2: Check your Mac's hard drive
- Restart (or start up) your Mac while holding down the Command and R keys.
- When the Apple logo appears, let go of those keys.
- The Mac will start Recovery System.
- A window called Mac OS X Utilities will appear.
- Click on Disk Utility then click the Continue button.
- How to restore your Mac from a Time Machine backup
- Restart your Mac.
- While the startup disc is waking up, hold down the Command and R keys simultaneously.
- Select Restore from Time Machine Backup from the list of available options.
- Click Continue.
- Click Continue on the Restore Your System Page.
- Once your files are backed up, shut down your MacBook Pro. Plug it into the AC adapter, and then boot it back up. Finally, press and hold “Command-R” (the “Command” and “R” keys at the same time) to start the restore process. Hold these keys until the Apple logo appears on the screen, and then release them.
Click System Preferences → Time Machine, and select Show Time Machine in menu bar. Step 2: Once you're in Time Machine, open the folder that contained the file that you wish to restore. Step 3: Use the dial on the right to navigate back through time until the item that you wish to restore appears in the folder.
- To do this:
- Start the Airport Utility.
- Select your Time Capsule or AEBS.
- Click Manual Setup.
- Check your "Connection Sharing" setting under the Internet Tab.
- Click Disks (at the top of the dialog box), and then click File Sharing.
- Important: To reinstall macOS, you must be connected to the Internet.
- In the menu bar, choose Apple menu > Restart.
- Select Disk Utility, then click Continue.
- Select your startup disk on the left, then click Erase.
- Click the Format pop-up menu, choose Mac OS Extended, enter a name, then click Erase.
- Step 2: Erase Mac hard drive
- Choose Disk Utility in the Utilities window.
- Click on the Continue button.
- Choose your startup disk.
- Click Erase from the buttons at the top of the Disk Utilities window.
- Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) from the menu.
- Click Erase.
Start a backup: Click the Time Machine icon in the menu bar, then choose Back Up Now. Pause a backup: Click the Time Machine icon in the menu bar, then choose Skip This Backup. Resume a backup: Click the Time Machine icon in the menu bar, then choose Back Up Now.
- See the Setup Guide for more details.
- Connect your Cable/DSL (broadband) modem to the WAN port of your Time Capsule via an Ethernet cable.
- Connect the Time Capsule's power cable to an AC outlet.
- Open the AirPort Utility. which is located in the Utilities folder, within the Applications folder (/Applications/Utilities).
- Power up your Mac and hold down the Command and R keys to enter the macOS Recovery Partition. Your Mac should boot to a screen that says macOS Utilities. Select Restore from Time Machine Backup and click Continue. Read the info on the Restore Your System page and click Continue.
- Turn on Time Machine and select the backup destination. Once your external drive is plugged in, go to System Preferences > Time Machine and toggle the switch from "Off" to "On." Then click the "Select Disk…" button to select the drive or volume you want to use for Time Machine.
Updated: 4th December 2019