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Time Machine Backup – The best way how to Verify a TM backup

How to verify an Apple Mac Computer Time Machine backup by Keith Thomas – Apple Mac Specialist.

Time Machine Backup Information by Keith Thomas – Apple Mac Specialist.

How to verify that an Apple Time Machine is working guide, so that you can trust that your computer backup is working.

We recommend that you verify an Apple Time Machine backup before you erase (format a Apple Mac computer).

Read our guide on how to verify that a Apple Time Machine backup is working correctly on your Apple Mac computer.

How to verify that Apple Time Machine is working. Our Apple Mac engineers explain everything that you need to know about Time Machine backup.

Most users make a Apple Time Machine backup to a external USB storage volume or to a Apple Time Capsule if you have been using Apple Mac computers for a while.

Once you have made a backup to an external storage volume or to a Apple Time Capsule, it is possible to verify the Apple Time Machine backup.

How to verify an Apple Time Machine backup.

  • Connect the external storage volume to your Apple Mac computer.
  • Choose the Apple menu items • System Preferences • open the system preferences Window.
  • Open the Time Machine icon, turquoise colour!
  • Choose the option to show the Apple Time Machine from the menu bar.
  • Move the mouse or Apple trackpad to the Apple Time Machine icon at the top right of the Apple Mac computer screen.
  • Select the Time Machine clock style icon, and then press the Command Key on the Keyboard.
  • Choose the option to Verify Backup.

If the Apple Time Machine Verify Backup fails.

If the Apple Time Machine backup does not verify or it fails, then perhaps it’s time to replace the backup drive!

Simply use a new unused external storage volume to create a new Apple Time Machine backup of your Apple Mac computer.

Apple Time Machine tips and information.

Verify your Apple Time Machine backup at least once a Month if you can or at least twice a year.

Use one external storage volume for each Apple Mac computer that you use.

Make sure that you give your Apple Mac computer a unique name from the Sharing Icon in the System Preferences.

Did you know that the Apple Time Machine can be used as a simple off site backup solution.

Encrypt the Apple Time Machine backup if you have sensitive information on your Apple Mac computer or computers.

The Apple AirPort Time Capsule was launched in January 2008, read the press release article here, of course its now 2021 and that was 12 years ago!

Are you still using the Apple AirPort Time Capsule?

Are you using a Apple AirPort Time Capsule to back up your Apple Mac computer or computers still today?

If you have a Apple Time Capsule that has a 1Tb or 2Tb storage volume, the 1Tb or 2Tb or even 3Tb storage volume will or might start to fail soon.

In the event that you need to use it to restore a Apple Mac computer or computers, from a Apple Time Machine backup.

So, our advice is to simply look at a new backup solution for your Apple Mac computer or computers.

if you are still using a Apple Time Capsule that is more than 6 years old, our own backup is less than 3 years old, as its a low-cost replacement solution.

What is the best Apple Time Machine storage volume to use?

Choose an external SSD Flash storage volume for the best performance, and also the best reliability possible.

For the best Apple Time Machine performance – Use a external USB 3.0 or a USB 3.0 storage volume if your Apple Mac computer has USB3.0 ports for a Apple Mac computer that uses USB ports. Use a USB-C external storage volume for a newer Apple iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro that has USB4.0 (USB-C ports)

For MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptop owners consider using a external USB or USB C SSD (solid-state drive storage device), just in case it gets dropped if you travel with the computer.

And for even more Apple Time Machine backup performance use a external storage volume that is SSD (solid-state storage volume)

Use Apple Time Machine backup solution from Apple to a new external storage volume that is 0-4 years old

Choose a storage volume that is double the internal storage capacity of the computer.

Apple Time Machine does not backup external storage volumes that are connected to your Apple Mac computer.

Use the Apple iCloud service to keep your Photos • Documents • Contacts • Calendars in the Apple iCloud in addition to a Apple Time Machine backup.

What is an Apple Time Machine Local Snapshot?

The Local Snapshot feature of Apple Time Machine is to create a local backup, a local backup can happen even if the Time Machine backup storage volume is not connected to your Apple Mac computer.

The local snapshot only works if a full Apple Time machine backup has been created, and the macOS startup volume has enough free space to create a Apple Time Machine local snapshot.

The local snapshot is ideal if you are working on a document, and you accidentally save the document but then you realise you need to revert back to the old document.

Or if you have installed software on your Apple Mac computer and you need to put it back to the previous time, in the past few hours or day.

Can I have more than one Apple Time Machine backup?

Yes. The Apple Time Machine backup solution from Apple supports multiple external backups.

Can I use Apple Time Machine to create an offsite backup solution?

For a low cost off site Apple Mac backup solution, use a second external storage volume configured in Apple Time Machine, and encrypt the backup if needed, and simply rotate the backup storage volume drives.

A good idea might be to place a Apple Time Machine backup in a car or another location that is not in the same location as the Apple Mac computer.

Use the 1980’s grandfather backup solution, that still works in 2021 and 2022!

Use two or more external storage volumes, and create a Apple Time Machine backup on each external storage volume, then, rotate each external storage volume, once a month, or once a week.

The 1980’s grandfather backup technique and is a great way to also protect your Apple Mac computer from a Mac Ransomware attack or from a serious Mac malware infection, that might arise.

How to get further help with Apple Time Machine backups for your Apple Mac computer?

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