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Sunday, March 30, 2014

World Backup Day is TOMORROW! Backup your most precious files NOW!

Attention all of you using computers and reading this blog while eating the last of your Girl Scout cooked!




Sorry to shout, but too many of us put off backing up until that day…when…the hard drive makes awful noises. 

I’m not asking you to install anything complicated. This is simple., which has lots of great ideas, has a recent post about backing up. Read it.

Tomorrow is World Backup Day. You Don’t Want To Be An April Fool with a dead hard drive and a case of the “If only I had known”.

Now you know. So Get On It.

Now this blog is aimed at the OS X user over 40. You there, sipping a cold one; This is part of the deal with getting a Mac. You need to back it up.

It’s so simple to back up your Mac. Just get an external hard drive that has more capacity than your Mac’s hard drive/SSD/Fusion Drive. 

You can get an external hard drive at these retailers:

1. Apple Store

2. Fry’s Electronics

3. BestBuy

4. Staples

5. Office Depot

6. OfficeMAX

7. Costco

8. Sam’s Club


You can purchase them on-line at:







Now to determine how big your hard drive/SSD is:

1. Go to the Menu Bark which is the stripe running across the top of your screen.

2. Click on the Apple icon in the top left-hand corner. The menu shown in the picture below will drop down. You want to click on the “About This Mac” item.


Click on the  Apple icon in the menu bar

3. You will see this screen in the middle of your screen:


OS X  MOre Info


4. Now click on the “More info…” button that I have circled in red.

5. You will get this screen:




You want to know about your storage. So let’s look at mine. So click on the storage item that I have circled in red.


6.  You will see your own Mac’s hard drive/SSD displayed at the top. Mine has 500 GB on it, and I have used 1/2 of it.



 7. Now if I wanted to buy a backup drive, I would want a drive of at least 1 TB (1000 GB) in size. I got a 1.5 TB backup drive some years back.


8. Now get the drive, read the instructions that came with it, and set it up. Your Mac will walk you through the process of setting up the drive to backup your Mac.


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