How important are local backups today?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by davidg4781, Aug 7, 2019.

  1. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

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    I've kept a local HDD plugged in to my mini for several years now and Time Machine keeps everything backed up throughout the day.

    But I also have a pretty large iCloud Drive. I have all my documents, photos, and my important folders/files synced to it. With that, do I still need to do a backup locally?

    If I remember correctly, when I swapped out my internal HDD for an SSD, I loaded macOS and downloaded everything from the cloud. So other than wanting to find a file I accidentally deleted through Time Machine, what else am I missing?
     
  2. ScreenSavers macrumors 6502a

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    It depends on how you use the computer. I personally have hundreds of gigabytes if not thousands of local files stored on my computers and local backups are very important. Some of the files I use I would not consider keeping in iCloud drive.
     
  3. wellander1 macrumors regular

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    Very. And backup the backup and backup that too. You can never have too many backups.
     
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    Local backups are as important "today" as they've EVER been.

    What happens if the cloud goes down?
     

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