How should I backup my data from a Macbook Pro

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  1. BizzyLeo macrumors newbie

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    I'm still kind of new to Mac so I feel like I have to ask how to properly backup my data from a Mac to an external harddrive.
    I don't have a Time Capsule and I do not plan to buy one. I have an external HDD that I will be using for the time being.
    So my question is; how do I properly backup my data from a Mac onto my own external HD? I was using Windows before buying my Mac in August. I have my own 'system' I use for backing up certain info (such as school/Word documents, my pictures, music, etc.) Is there specific folders or a specific method you guys can recommend for backing up?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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  3. BizzyLeo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Time Machine is not the same as Time Capsule:
    Mac 101: Time Machine - Support - Apple + Time Machine FAQ

    For Time Machine you just need an external HDD.


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