How important are local backups today?

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

  1. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

    Oct 28, 2006
    Alice, TX
    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


    Feb 26, 2016
    Bloomingdale, GA
    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

    Apr 30, 2019
    Prescott Az
    Very. And backup the backup and backup that too. You can never have too many backups.
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Local backups are as important "today" as they've EVER been.

    What happens if the cloud goes down?

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