5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 22, 2013 2:02 PM by den.thed
KathALeen101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Does anyone know where I can find step by step instructions to back up my mac mini to disks?

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (24,510 points)

    If you mean Disc's as in DVDs, have a look at > Disc Burning Quick Assist


    Although note that, the Disc Burning article suggests using an External Hard Drive if you want to backup your entire system.


    If you mean Disk as in External Hard Drive, there are several ways.


    Simply drag and drop copy your user folders into an External Disk.


    Using Time Machine > Mac Basics: Time Machine


    Using Disk Utility to make a clone, see > Cloning with Disk Utility FAQ


    Using Cloning/Backup software like > Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper

  • KathALeen101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for your prompt reply. I did mean DVD's. Since I do not have a lot of data in my computer, but it is important, I thought I could just put it all on a disk or disks to keep in case of computer malfunction. I probably should just buy an external hard drive as suggested but I will look at all the links you provided before I decide. I appreciate your help.

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (24,510 points)

    Your welcome!


    While DVDs work OK for small photo libraries and doc's, it is very difficult to split up and save large libraries to Disc media.


    I recommend a least one or two good External Hard Drive(s).


    If you require hourly backups, then use Time Machine.


    If not and you only need a daily, weekly or monthly backup, then use CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper.

  • KathALeen101 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Super Duper looks good so far. Still researching the materials you sent. Thanks again.

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (24,510 points)

    Glad to help.