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Why Back Up your Data?

Even if you've taken precautions to protect your computer from malicious software, other potential dangers could destroy the information it holds. A power surge, lightning strike, hardware failure, or natural disaster could leave you without your important data or the use of your computer.

Backing up your files can help you avert disaster. Backing up is simply making an electronic copy of files, and storing that copy in a safe place. If you back up your files regularly, you can retrieve some of your information, if not all of it, if something happens to the originals on your computer.

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Apple Time Machine backs up your Mac

Time Machine is the built-in backup feature of OS X. It keeps a copy of all your files, and remembers how your system looked on any given day so you can revisit your Mac as it appeared in the past.

Setting up Time Machine is as simple as connecting an external drive to your Mac. If you haven't already specified a backup device, Time Machine asks you when you connect a blank drive to your Mac if you want to use it for backing up.

Once the first backup is completed, Time Machine automatically backs up files that have changed on your Mac since the last backup was performed. These backups happen when a connection between your Mac and the backup destination available. Your Mac can even perform these backups as a feature of Power Nap. The Time Machine menu in the menu bar lets you know when a backup is happening in the background.

Your first backup may take a while, depending on how many files you have on your startup disk. You can continue to use your Mac while Time Machine is working. Time Machine displays a notification after your first backup is complete, or if any issues happen during the initial backup.