How do You Manage Backups of Your Files?

3 forms of backup, 2 on different types of media such as a flash drive, and an SD card and 1 of them off-site, such as cloud storage.

If you have THAT many backups, even if you lose two of them, you still have one in reserve.

Back up Mac Files to Flash Drive and SD Card

If you choose to use a USB flash drive to put your data on, make sure it’s formatted in mac OS extended journaled format. HFS is the Mac file system. If you only intend on using the drive on a Mac it’s recommended to format for Mac OS X use only using the journaled file system. Remember, formatting a drive erases all data on it.

formatting a drive erases all data on it

Insert the flash drive, open finder and start dragging and dropping the data you want to transfer onto the USB drive and it should all copy over.

PS: The SD CARD needs to be inserted into the card reader

Back up Mac Files to Cloud Storage

I was wondering if there is any way to sync/back-up my data to some sort of cloud storage service?

It’s pretty clear that people and businesses will continue the trend of reducing their need to rely on costly hardware and infrastructure by placing files and applications in the cloud. Since the advent of the internet, the technology industry has been steadily moving away from local storage to remote, server-based storage and processing—what is known as the cloud. Look at music and movies: We used to play them from local media, but now they’re streamed from servers. You can reap the same advantages of anywhere-access and sharing (and the productivity gains that can bring), as well as the reduction of local storage requirements by keeping your own documents and media files in the cloud.

In fact, most cloud services offer some level of backup, almost as a consequence of their intended function. It follows logically that any files uploaded to a cloud service are also protected from disk failures, since there are copies of them in the cloud. But true online backup plays can back up all of your computer’s files, not just those in a synced folder structure. Whereas syncing is about managing select files, backup tends to be a bulk, just-in-case play. With syncing, you pick the documents you might need and keep them in the cloud for easy access. With backup, you back up everything you think you might regret losing. Easy, immediate access is not guaranteed with online backup, nor is it the point. Peace of mind is.

The list cloud storage services of 2017


Price: 2GB free. 1TB for $10 a month (£6.58, around AU$11) with Dropbox Plus

Google Drive

Price: 15GB free. 100GB for $1.99 a month (£1.59, around AU$2.50). 1TB for $9.99 a month (£8, around AU$13).


Price: 50GB free. 200GB for €4.99 a month (£4.50, $6, around AU$7.50)


Price: 5GB free. 50GB for $1.99 a month (£1.99, around AU$2.50


Price: 5GB free. 50GB for $0.99 a month (£0.79, AU$1.49). 200GB for $3.99 (£2.49, AU$4.49)


Price: 10GB free. 100GB for around $5 a month (£3.50, around AU$6)

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