Best backup for Imac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tmal85, Sep 27, 2017.

  1. tmal85 macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2017
    Hi Everyone, first post here. I have an older 2014 Imac that i do alot of music, video and photo's on. I used to have one of those wifi apple drives (round?) but I moved and can't find it. I was wondering, what is the best wayt o back the Imac up now? I think the way I did it before it copied the whole setup, files, OS everything and I could just restore from that backup if I needed to?

    That would be great, or if i could back up all the files etc

    just curious what the best device or software is now to backup the whole Imac?

    thanks so much
  2. sboychuck macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2014
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    I use this. It works great for local backups. Put a spinning hard drive or an SSD into it for Time Machine backups. I also do CCC backups once a month as well, so I have a bootable drive if ever needed. They work great and also have connectors for jump drives and a card. It is USB3 and plenty fast enough for backups and cloning.
  3. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    I suggest doing a multi backup process.

    1) Time Machine - external drive needed.
    2) Carbon Copy Cloner - external drive needed. Makes a bootable clone of your system
    3) Back Blaze - online backup
  4. bmauter macrumors member


    Sep 3, 2010
    I back up with TimeMachine to one of two Seagate Backup+ USB3 external drives. Every month I unmount the drive and take it to work. The other external drive is at work and I bring it home and then I back up to it for a month. Both are encrypted drives so even if someone found and stole the disk at work, my data is safe.

    They have Mac and PC format disks, but it doesn't matter. Buy the size you need, plug it in and let TimeMachine take over the drive.
  5. tmal85 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2017
    Great, thanks everyone! I ordered another TB hard drive and will do Time Machine to that and look at the carbon copy cloner as well. Appreciate it!
  6. seagate_surfer macrumors newbie


    Mar 31, 2017
    Cupertino, CA
    There's also a free driver called Paragon which will allow for Mac systems to read/write to NTFS (Windows-preferred) volumes and will allow PC systems to read/write to HFS+ (Mac-preferred) volumes so that you don't have to worry about reformatting/only being compatible with one or the other. Just something nifty to be aware of.

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