Backing up your files is of paramount importance. No matter how well protected or well serviced your MacBook Pro may be, you do not know when it is going to crash. And when it does, losing your data can be a really serious problem. But if you are a MacBook Pro user, then there is an in-built application which you can use to periodically back up your files so that you never lose them. This app is called the time machine, and once enabled it can automatically create regular backups of your entire hard drive.
Before getting into how this can be done, we suggest that you connect an external hard disk to your MacBook and create the backups within it instead of on your PC’s hard drive. This is because since time machine creates regular backups, your hard disk may get filled very soon. With that said, let’s see how to use the time machine app:
Open the ‘System Preferences’ tab in your MacBook Pro and click on the time machine application.
In the 'Time Machine’ window click on the ‘Select Disk’ option.
In the dialog box which opens select the external hard disk which you have plugged in. Alternatively you can select your MacBook’s hard drive as well.
Make sure that the ‘Back Up Automatically’ option is ticked. You can leave it unticked if you don’t want regular backups.
Your backup process would have automatically started and the progress will also be shown in the time machine window.
Use this feature to ensure that you never lose your files again no matter what. If your laptop crashes you can find all your files stored into your external HD which you can recover immediately.