Is it necessary to back up a Mac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Walt Dizzle, Aug 11, 2009.

  1. Walt Dizzle macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2009
    How many people have actually experienced hard drive problems on their Mac? i.e. corrupted files, corrupted Operating System, irreversible system crash, etc.?
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
  3. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000


    Feb 24, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia & Bay Area
    Its pretty much essential to back up any computer, with macs usually in case of hardware failure but on the rare occasion of a software crash then yes.

    Leopard makes backing up easy, so you have no reason not to.

  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Is it necessary to back up any computer? No.

    Do you wish you had backed up any computer when your hard drive fails? Frick, yes.
  5. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    Nobody backs up their data until they lose it the first time...

    Don't be a nobody!
  6. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    Sadly, this is true.

    Thankfully I didn't have anything important on my iBook when the HDD died, and everything relatively important existed on my desktop at the time.

    Every computer is prone to HDD issues, as it's a hardware issue more than a software issue (while OS can play a part in hardware stability). It's relatively cheap to get an external HDD and doesn't take much time to run Time Machine every week or so if you don't want it connected all the time.

    It's worth it by a long shot.
  7. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    I resent that due to the fact that I resemble that statement. ;) I also now have a couple UPS on my setup due to a similar incident.
  8. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000


    Nov 14, 2008
    Mac hardware fails the same as all other computers. And as idiot proof as Time Machine is, why not back up?
  9. RebootD macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2009
    NW Indiana
    8 years ago I never backed up a thing.. then my hard drive stopped spinning and I lost a few projects I was working on.

    I now backup every day. :D
  10. cmwade77 macrumors 65816

    Nov 18, 2008
    It is necessary? Not unless you want to make sure that you can get your data back when the hardware fails (anything with moving parts will fail eventually, now you might get lucky and replace it before the moving parts fail, but then again you might not, why take that chance?)

    I backup to external hard drives and an online backup service, I think this approach makes the most sense, if there is a fire or something in the house, I can grab the hard drives quickly and run out the door, as they are what has all of my photos and memories on it.

    If something happens and I can't grab the hard drives, I am still protected, as I have a backup online.

    This reminds me, I need to check my backups and make sure that they are all working properly (something you should check periodically as well).

    I am also considering adding in burning to DVD and mailing them to my parents who live out of state as another backup, I have a lot of data that I would not want to loose.
  11. PDE macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2005
    Yes, it IS necessary. Unless you can afford to lose all your data. My backup strategy:

    1. Backblaze online backup ($5/month) -- backs up all the time seamlessly, but only my data, no system files.

    2. SuperDuper -- scheduled for daily updates so that I always have an entire clone of my drive. Anything lost between backups I can recover through backblaze.

    3. Live Mesh -- I keep essential everyday work files here just as an extra precaution.

    Am I paranoid? No. I lost one week of work once and I'll never allow that to happen again. It's worth every minute and penny knowing that i'm pretty much always covered should something happen.

    Ultimately, it's your choice whether you can afford losing your data or not.
  12. yoyomaster macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2009
    I back mine up whenever I install or save something new onto my macbook
  13. antskip macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2009
    If you wouldn't mind losing, in the very next second, all your settings, from e-mail to bookmarks, and every thing you have created or stored on the computer, then don't back up. If you would mind, back up as frequency determined by the extent you would mind losing everything changed or made since the last backup. These are machines, after all, and they are not themselves virtual.:) And they and everything they contain, in any second, can be destroyed not just from within, but from outside causes, or stolen, or lost. :)
  14. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

    Gabriel GR

    Jul 12, 2009
    Athens, Greece
    Why would it be different than any other computer? Given than they use the same hardware.
  15. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
    it is not necessary to back up a mac unless (insert witty phrase here).


    but srsly, do it. i never backed up, but now i do as of like a week ago.
    now i kinda hope my HDD crashes or something just so i can feel good about myself. :p
  16. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Mac's will never ever crash. When the iMac HDD partition map went nuts, I knew it was a user error. When my friend's mac mini wouldn't read the HDD anymore, I knew it was her fault.

    How do I know this? Simple. Neither of my mac's have had hard drive issues, so ergo mac's don't get hard drive issues, just issues somewhere between the chair and keyboard.

    Ironically enough, I'm the only one who bothers to make backups.

    But don't worry, your mac will never crash, or get a virus.

    I can't believe I just wrote that, but then again I can't believe an OS could prevent hardware damage.:confused:
  17. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    Yes yes and yes. Hard drives can die in any brand computer, especially laptops.

    You're still safe from viruses though. :p
  18. designed macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2005
    I received a Mac support call few months ago. The conversation went a bit like this:

    "My Macbook started acting all weird and now it won't boot. It just shows a folder with a question mark on the white screen. Should I take it in for a service?"
    "Yes you should. It's most likely a failed hard disk."
    "Is it possible all my data is gone?"
    "Yes it is."

    and then came the deep, long sigh a person gives when he hasn't backed up, even though he knows he should've.

    Seriously, you should backup, especially since it's a Mac and Time Machine makes it easy enough for anyone. The only exception I could see would be that if you used your computer only for warez & pr0n. :rolleyes:
  19. donuttakedonuts macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2009
    God please back up your computer. Dunno about what you think, but i think mac HD's might be MORE prone to failure than on pcs. Wasnt there an entire series of imacs that had bad drives?

    Oh wait there was... thank god i backed up mine before it died!
  20. product26 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2005
    I have personally replaced 4 fujitsu drives in 4 mac notebooks... its not because its a mac.. its because its a fujitsu. other brands fail too.
  21. Andrew Henry macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2008
    Always, always, always back up your computer, don't trust that a hard drive isn't going to fail even if you've never had it happen to you, the one time you don't do backups, is going to be the time that it bites you in the butt!
  22. shambo macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2009
    18 months ago my HDD failed and I had no backup. I now use Time Machine with the Time Capsule. I'd suggest you do the same.
  23. trondah macrumors 6502

    Dec 1, 2008
    Mac drives are no different than others. They have moving parts and will most likely crash at some point (might be years, might be days). No operating system is crash prone and file corruption will happen.

    With this in mind, whether you personally need to back up is a question only you can answer.
  24. zw-gator macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2005
    If you're really smart, you'll back up everything and store it in another location.....just in case your house catches on fire (or whatever) :D
  25. lozzy1234567890 macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2008
    i'd say to only backup when u have ur stuff on there, if u use it purely just for the internet, iming, dvd player etc, dont bother, but if u have ur on music, doucuments etc, then do it.

Share This Page