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How to Backup Mac without Time Machine?

Dec 28, 2017 / Updated by Tracy King to Mac Backup and Recovery

Summary:
Are you looking for a simpler way to backup whole Mac data without setting up Time Machine and select disk as backup drive? Here in this article, you’ll find two direct and effective simple methods to fully backup Mac data without Time Machine now.

Is it possible to backup Mac without Time Machine? How?

Do you know what is the best way to backup all important Mac data to an external hard drive or USB drive? Once we talk about Mac backup, most users would automatically think about the Mac built-in backup tool - Time Machine. 
Though Time Machine supports Mac users to automatically backup files and data on Mac after the first time setting up. Some users still think that Time Machine is too complex and they prefer an even simpler way to create Mac data backups. So how to backup Mac without Time Machine becomes the next question. If you are trying to find a simple way to backup files and data on your Mac computer, just follow below-offered method to fully backup your Mac data without Time Machine now.

Method 1. 3 Steps to Backup Mac without Time Machine
Let Time Machine Alternative Software Help!

If you think that Time Machine is far too complex for you to try, here we’d like to recommend you try a Mac Time Machine alternative backup software from EaseUS. It’s named EaseUS Todo Backup for Mac which supports you to simply backup Mac to external hard drive or other storage devices within 3 simple steps. 

You can directly Google EaseUS Todo Backup for Mac or directly download it and install this software for free to back up your Mac data under all Mac OS X without Time Machine now:

Step 1. Launch and run EaseUS Todo Backup for Mac on Mac.
Click the first Backup tab or simply click the + button at the left corner of the left pane to create a backup project - name the backup project and click OK.

Set up to backup Mac data without Time Machine.

Step 2. Set up the backup destination where you want to store Mac files as backups, automatically backup frequency etc and click OK.

Backup Mac data without Time Machine.

Step 3. Add files and folders to the backup project.
Click File+ to selectively choose files and folder to backup and click the blue start button to backup your Mac to another drive or external device now.

Backup Mac files and data with Time Machine alternative software.

Method 2. Manually Back Up Mac without Time Machine

The second method is to manually backup Mac data to external storage devices without Time Machine. You can connect your external hard drive or USB drive with Mac computer and follow below steps to backup Mac data now:

1. Click Finder > Preference > Check Hard disks box under Show these items on the desktop.
2. Open backup disk and create a file folder and name it such as My Backup.
3. Open Mac disk and click Users file folder > Select all files and data that you want to backup and drag to My Backup file folder.
4. Wait for the copy process to finish.

See this is the whole process for backing up Mac without Time Machine. The only problem is that you’ll have to wait for a long time if you have quite a log big files and data need to be copied and pasted into the new storage device.