Mac Time Machine: Back Up Your Mac

Part 1: Function of Mac Time Machine

Apple has been an innovative benchmark for technological inventions over the years. They are known for their strong affinity for independence making all their products and devices self-reliant without necessarily needing a third party app or software to carry out basic functions. This same independence went into the production of Apple’s MacBook. The Time Machine software on Mac OS is a backup utility software that was integrated into the Mac Operating System and distributed together. It creates backups of files for the entire system or for files specified by user including media files, contacts, calendar and etc. so that they can be easily restored at a later time. The Time Machine works with a storage product called Time Capsule and other internal or external storage devices and hard disks. Time Machine also have the ability to backup files, in this article we will talk about how to use Mac time machine to back-up Mac.

Part 2: How to back up Mac with Mac Time Machine

Backing up with the Mac-Time Machine requires a series of systematic procedures from setting up the time machine with desired preferences, the backing up process itself and finally restoring backed up files. We will be looking into this step by step processes.

1. Setting Up

  1. To start using Mac Time Machine to back-up Mac, you will need to get an external hard drive that can be connected to your MacBook with a USB cable or you need a Time Capsule or Mac OS server
  2. If you connect an external hard drive directly to your Mac, you might receive a pop-up message asking if you want to use the external hard drive as a backup with Time machine, simple click on “Use as Backup Disk”
  3. Mac time machine-setting up-1

  4. In case you do not receive the automatic notification to use the external hard disk as a backup, you can manually set it up.
  5. Open Time Machine menu from the Menu bar and select “Time Machine Preferences”
  6. Click on “select Backup disk or add backup disk and select a backup disk from the list, then click “Use Disk”
  7. Mac time machine-setting up-2

  8. You can also select another backup disk for added security reasons, just follow the previous steps again.

2. Backing Up

  1. If you have setup Time Machine before to Back-up Mac, the program automatically backs up files at specific interval of daily, weekly and monthly. It also deletes old backups when the backup storage is full.;
  2. You can perform immediate backup apart from the automatic backups by simply launching the Time Machine menu and choosing “Back Up now” ;
  3. You can easily stop or cancel an ongoing back up process by selecting “Skip this backup” or “Stop Backing Up”;
  4. You may also select some folders to be excluded from back up. Open Time Machine Preferences from the menu and click on options;
  5. Now select the plus (+) button and then you can select the files to be excluded from the back up;
  6. Depending on the size and amount of files being backed up, your first Mac Time Machineprocess to Back-up Mac may take some time to complete. But the good thing is it does not affect your activity on you MacBook at the time, therefore.
  7. Mac time machine-backing up


In order to start a restoration process with Mac Time Machine program, you need to open the folder or location from which the file was deleted and to which the file should be restored e.g. “Documents’ folder and then click on Time machine dock Mac time machine-restoring to start the restoration process by selecting what to restore from the timeline.

Part 3: Potential problems occur during Mac back up with Time Machine

Backing up Mac and restoring may not always go on smoothly, there are certain errors and setbacks that occur at some point during the backup and restore process with Mac Time Machine. Some of the major problems that can be encountered are:

  1. Backup might get stuck on “preparing” for backup screen even after a long period of time
  2. Backup might get stuck along the way when transferring to disk
  3. Backup might fail: When any of this potential problems occur, you should double check on the follow
  4. Ensure you have an updated Mac software, if yes, then restart you Mac to see if the problem would be fixed
  5. Be sure you have an up to date firmware while using Airport Time Capsule or a drive connect to an Airport Base Station
  6. If you are backing up to an external drive, ensure the drive’s firmware is up to date and ensure the formatting of the drive is like a Mac startup disk.

Part4: Speed up the backup process

To Back-up Mac with Time Machine on a Mac for the first time is normal to be slow and take quite a lot of time. In order to speed up the process, simply follow this steps

  1. Open Utilities Folder and locate “Terminal Window”;
  2. Now enter this command line into the terminal window “sudosysctldebug.lowpri_throttle_enabled=0” (without the quotes);
  3. Your backup process should speed up now but it might affect other processes on your computer.

When you can't restore your data on Mac , how to recover Mac Hard Drive ?

Hard Drive data recovery is a Mac data recovery program that can be used to recover lost files, data including media files on a Mac. It is a comprehensive tool that is thorough, easy and safe to use.

  1. First download and install Wondershare Data Recovery Software on your Mac book;
  2. You can now launch the software to start the process of recovering files on your MacBook;
  3. You can now select the type of files to be recovered from the interface of the program or you can select “All file types” to recover all files types and format;
  4. Mac time machine-recovering mac hard drive-1

  5. On the next window, select what hard disk partition to be scanned for deleted files;
  6. Mac time machine-recovering mac hard drive-2

  7. Click on “Start” to perform a quick scan of the selected hard drive partition;
  8. When scan is completed, some files would be displayed, check if your desired file is present, if not, select the “deep Scan” option
  9. Mac time machine-recovering mac hard drive-3

  10. Deep scan takes a longer time to scan but find more files than the normal quick scan
  11. Mac time machine-recovering mac hard drive-4

  12. When the scan has been completed, you can now preview the files that has been scanned and seen
  13. After you have seen the files you wish to recover, select them and click on “Recover” to get your files back.
  14. Mac time machine-recovering mac hard drive-5


Backing up of files on Mac is very essential so as to prevent the loss of any important file of information and personal data. To Back-up Mac with Mac’s inbuilt Time Machine is probably one of the easiest ways to go about the backup process without involving any third party software. It is the safest means to backup. Always ensure to backup as soon as possible and as often as possible to avoid loss of data.

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