Backup Drives for your Mac
You never really know how important backup drives for your Mac are until it’s too late, when all your files and applications are gone thanks to software or hardware failure. Don’t wait till this happens to you; make sure you create backups of your Mac regularly so you won’t have to face the frustration of losing your important documents, photos, and music and the hassle of installing your favorite applications all over again. Any of the following devices are extremely helpful in the process of creating backup copies of the essential files and applications on your Mac.
Contrary to popular belief, optical media are still alive and kicking. Apple’s SuperDrive is perfect for individuals who prefer to use CDs or DVDs for their backups. The process of creating backup discs through the SuperDrive is relatively easy: just connect the SuperDrive to your Mac via USB, slide a CD or DVD into the SuperDrive, boot up the disc burning software of your choice, and start writing data to the CD or DVD. The process should be quick, as the SuperDrive is capable of writing DVD-RW media at up to 8x speed. The SuperDrive is compatible with CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, and DVD-RW media.
The Apple AirPort Time Capsule is one of the best backup drives for your Mac. The Time Capsule, together with the Time Machine application on OS X, is specifically designed to help you backup your entire Mac wirelessly (Time Capsule is also a wireless base station compatible with 802.11ac WiFi). Once you’ve set up Time Capsule with Time Machine, the two automatically create backups of everything on your Mac, including system files, preferences, and even email messages. These backups are updated regularly, and Time Machine also creates hourly, daily, and weekly backups, as long as there’s still space on the Time Capsule.
This external hard drive is another great backup device for your Mac. The hard drive is designed to work with Apple’s Time Machine application, too, so backing up your Mac should be a hassle-free process. One terabyte of storage space and transfer rates of up to 140 Mb/s ensure that you can quickly save large amounts of documents, photos, videos, and music to the drive. For convenience, this external hard drive features 2 ports: a USB 3.0 port and a SATA connector that allows the device to be used as a secondary hard drive.
WD’s My Book External Hard Drive is an excellent backup device because it can be used for any type of Mac that has a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port. Once connected to your Mac, the hard drive can be set up to automatically create backups and continuously upgrade these backups, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to do the process yourself. The hard drive also provides additional security features, including hardware encryption and password protection, so you won’t have to worry about securing sensitive data on the drive.
Just by its looks alone, you’d know that this LaCie hard drive was designed especially for Mac computers. The drive matches the sleek aluminum finish most Mac computers sport. However, that’s not the only reason why this LaCie Porsche Design hard drive is perfect for your Mac. This hard drive is compatible with OS X’s Time Machine application, so you can be sure that the backup process will be seamless. USB 3.0 connectivity boosts data transfer rates, allowing the drive to deliver speeds of up to 100 Mb/s. In addition to Time Machine compatibility, the hard drive is also pre-installed with LaCie’s password protection software to guarantee data security.