Backing up your data


Data is the most important component of your device. The countless hours of creating, modifying and curating your files only to be lost as a result of hardware failure is devastating.  We strongly recommend backing up your data on a regular basis and there are many options, but it is up to you to choose the best fit.


Utilizing Apple's Time Machine 

Apple has a built in feature called Time Machine that will take the worry out of the backup process.  The initial backup will take some time (depending on the amount of data) and there is an up-front cost in the purchase of an external hard drive. Please read through Apple's documentation regarding Time Machine.


Google File Stream

Google's new iteration of Google Drive is a space saving dynamo!  Getting files from your computer to your drive is as simple as dragging and dropping. Select the files you want to move and drag them to the Google Folder on your sidebar.



File Stream will also appear on your desktop with an icon called Google Drive. Any files/folders you wish to save to your Google Drive, you can simply drag and drop. If you wish to save to a specified folder within your Google Drive, you can open a Finder window, select the destination folder and drag the files/folder to new destination.


Flash Drives/Other External Sources

Using a flash drive or other external source is also a viable option.  Once the device is mounted on your computer you can drag/drop the files/folders to the external device.


There are several other options for backing up your data, choose the one that best suits you. If you have any questions, please contact the HelpDesk at 671-4444.



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