210 pages • Version 2.2 • December 11, 2016
Updated for macOS 10.12 Sierra!
Your Mac contains valuable and sometimes irreplaceable files—family photos and videos, business documents, your unfinished novel… not to mention personal data such as email, contacts, and calendars. Without great backups, all of that data could disappear in an instant. We don’t like to think about theft, fire, and natural disasters, but these things happen. So do hard drive crashes and other malfunctions (not to mention user error).
Your best insurance against losing data forever is a thorough, carefully designed backup plan. You don’t have to spend a ton of money or be a technical whiz to back up your Mac. This book helps you design a sensible backup strategy, choose and configure the ideal backup hardware and software for your situation, and understand how to make your backups simple and convenient.
In this heavily revised second edition (based on his best-selling title Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac), Joe Kissell explains the three components of a solid backup strategy and helps you tailor that strategy to your needs. You’ll learn the hows and whys of backing up your Mac, understand the benefits and limitations of Time Machine (as well as alternatives to it), and see how bootable clones and cloud storage may factor into your plan. You’ll also discover how to deal with unusual backup needs and restore your data in an emergency. This book covers 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, and 10.12 Sierra.
Backing Up Your Mac has received rave reviews from readers! A few examples…
One theme that’s consistent in Kissell’s books: he never tells you what you should do (other than making sure you back up!); rather he offers suggestions, options, and choices. He uses his years of experience to explain why one method may work better than another, but leaves the ultimate choice up to the individual. Readers can feel confident after finishing Backing Up Your Mac that they’ll have all the facts they need to make an informed decision on backup strategy.
An excellent, smart and comprehensive review of all the backup options for Macs—and why they are necessary. Beyond covering the basics, his advice is spot-on! … The other thing to mention is that Joe is very responsive to inquiries and questions—he is not a technical support department but he has been very helpful to me (for this and other topics) when I had questions.
There’s a lot of information here, clearly laid out, covering all the options someone like me could need—in a small business and relying on my Mac…This is another clear, usable book by one of my favourite tech authors. If you treasure the stuff on your Mac you’d do well to work though this book and get yourself well set up before the worst happens.
I think this is a really great book. You are really expert in these matters, the book is very well structured and very well and written and very pleasant to read. Your guidance in this ‘mine field’ was very informative and well argued and has helped me tremendously to set up a good backup plan. Worth every penny.
This is a serious book, and every single person who uses a Mac should be aware of it…if you want to get way, way more than $10–15 worth of advice and information from the super guru about backing up your Mac, read every single word that Joe Kissell says about backing up your Mac.
This is the best, most accessible book on backups I’ve seen. (Having worked in the data storage industry most of my career, I’ve seen a lot.) This is also the best data protection insurance you’ll ever buy.
Joe Kissell has been using Macs since 1991, and writing about them since 1995. He is the author of more than 50 books on technology, including The Nisus Way, Take Control of iCloud, Take Control of Your Online Privacy, and Mac Security Bible. He is also a contributing editor to TidBITS and a senior contributor to Macworld. Before he began writing full-time in 2003, Joe spent nearly eight years managing software development. Joe is the eponym and instigator of Joe On Tech, a website and ebook series that helps people improve their relationship with technology. He can neither confirm nor deny that he wears a cape and fights crime in his spare time. Joe lives in San Diego with his wife, their two sons, and their cat.
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