What Drive Is Right For You?

There’s a common misperception that Macs back up to the iCloud, but the iCloud only backs up some of your data. If you want a complete backup, you need to use an external drive. This guide helps you pick the right one.

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The best way to make sure you don’t lose data on your Mac is to back it up to a local drive. To get the right drive, you need to know two things:

What Size? Go to the Apple in the top left-hand corner and choose About This Mac. Click on the Storage tab. I have a 1TB hard drive and I’m currently using around 560GB. To determine the size of drive you need, a good rule is to multiply the current usage by three. We’ll round this number up to 2TB. If you plan on adding a lot of photos or videos in the future you can use a multiplier of four.

What Kind? For up to 2TB I recommend a Solid State Drive or SSD. The Samsung T7 is a great drive. It’s fast, uses the latest technology, but it is a little expensive. If you need over 2TB of storage you should use a standard hard drive. GDrives are slower, but they offer larger storage options and they are inexpensive.

That’s it.

You’ll find links to both drives below. I am an Amazon affiliate, so if you click on the links you’ll make me incredibly rich. I’m kidding… but click on the links anyway.

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