12-17-2013 06:55 PM
Hi! I'll start by saying I'm not super computer savvy and I'm new to Mac computers! I take TONS of photos and I want to back them up to my seagate Backup Plus so that I can keep from slowing my system down. I assumed I could drag and drop folders to it then I could just dump off of my Mac the non essentials after they'd been saved to my seagate....However it doesn't appear to work that way. I was offered the option to backup via TimeMachine...however my question is this....If I do that it will back up my entire system right?...then if I delete files to make room on my Mac...what will happen next time I go to back up to the Seagate? Will it delete them from the Seagate to make it mirror my system or will it just back up new info? Obviously I need guidance....lol...any tips you can give me would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
12-17-2013 10:12 PM
Backup means a second copy on another storage.
It sounds like you're just planning to transfer files to the external drive. That's not a backup and is likely to end in tears when the external drive fails.
You can use the drive as external storage and just drag and drop files, but if the TONS of photos are important to you, then you should back them up.
01-03-2014 06:43 AM
As kenji said, it is essential that you keep a backup, a 2nd copy, of your data at all times. If you remove the files from your Mac Hard Drive, and you have only the copy that is on the external drive, you do not have a backup. You have one copy of your data. Put your data on another storage media, a 2nd storage media. Online storage, another external hard drive, another internal hard drive, tape, whatever. If the external hard drive fails, you'd have to use data recovery services, which are almost always very expensive. So always keep a backup.