Backing Up iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ztrif, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. ztrif macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2010
    I am new to the Mac world, and I am about to upgrade to OS X Lion. My friend told me to back it up first before I install Lion. Problem is, I don't have an external hard drive. Is it really necessary to back it up before I upgrade to Lion? And I don't know how to use the Time Machine thing on the Mac. Thanks for the help.
  2. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    How much risk tolerance do you have?

    Well, apparently quite a lot since you're obviously not backing up your iMac . . . so have at it, big boy! :cool:

    Seriously, adopt some backup strategy and start taking care of your data before doing the change of the OS.
  3. Spike88 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    External drives are cheap. Very cheap - compared to the prices of one's data - like data files and family member photos. A simple 500 GB to 1 TB connected via FW Port or even USB 2.0 port works great with OSX included Time Machine utility. Or, simply manual copying data files to the attached HDD. As normal operations, I would recommend all computers have external drives as low cost / easy to trasport "backup" devices.

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