Users across the world are quite closer today than before in making wired backups to their external hard drives which is an antiquated concept. But study conducted by iCloud Technical Support department does not consider this concept obsolete yet but yes with the expansion of wide number of capabilities of iCloud and iCloud Drive, external hard drives continue to shrink in relevance especially in terms of Mac and iOS users. Well, users who wish to eliminate the need for an external drive, it’s quite safe to say that they can now back up almost their entire Mac via iCloud provided they are willing to walk through few unique steps.
Steps to back-up the entire Mac in iCloud
Step1: Upgrade the iCloud storage
- Store nearly all the available computer files in iCloud to access a lot more than the free 5GB of storage which will enables Apple to allow users get access to iCloud. To upgrade the iCloud storage, one needs to open the System Preferences in the Mac device and choose the iCloud option.
- At the bottom section of the screen, hit the “Manage” option and click on the “Buy More Storage” icon.
Step2: Turn on all iCloud services
- This is usually considered as a plain and simple method.
- Click on the check mark option for every single iCloud service available with you.
- This method is especially well suited for iCloud Drive as well as Photos but make sure that the iCloud Photo Library is turned on so that you don’t need to lose a single one. Keychain is also as essential factor considered by users to enable them to remember their saved passwords and credit cards on all devices.
Step3: Copy user files to iCloud drive
- This process is divided into two processes. The first one required users to make a copy of every valuable file as well as folder to users for iCloud Drive.
- Simply copy and paste them into the iCloud Drive in “Finder” option with items such as movies, local music, iMovie or Garage Band files, pictures, and screenshots and downloads. Be careful not to click and drag.
- Users are requested not to move applications into the iCloud Drive. But yes, one can surely move application data without any harm.
- When you’re done with it, optionally adding folder shortcuts such as Music, Movies, etc. into the Finder sidebar by dragging and dropping the folders from iCloud Drive is required which is advised by Apple Mac Tech Support expert professionals.
Step 4: Copy Library Files
- With the “Finder” active, click on the “Go in the menu bar” icon. Press and hold the “Option” key and choose the “Library’ section.
- Grab the Safari if you are working in a primary browser. Select all the available four of the options, and copy and paste them into iCloud drive as well.
Step5: Restoration phase
- In the last step, everything is needed to be stored in the iCloud Drive. Users can now easily copy paste the sensitive Library files in the iCloud Drive back into the local library.
- All of the user files, media, messages, etc. should be available to access in iCloud. The only thing which users need to perform is really need to put in is to reinstall their applications properly.
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