How to Backup Mac to External Hard Drive

Jean updated on Sep 10, 2020 to Mac Backup and Recovery | How-to Articles

Why is it necessary to backup your Mac to an external hard drive?

It's supposed to be a routine to save a copy of your Mac data, and a system backup image if necessary. So, how did you backup the Mac machine normally? Did you save the backup file to an external storage device? Not yet? Then do it!

Only with a backup in a place out of Mac's internal HDD/SSD, the chances of data loss disaster can be effectively reduced. We sincerely suggest all of you Mac users start right now to keep at least 2 pieces of Mac backup image, one of which has to be on an external storage, such as a WD external hard drive, a Toshiba USB flash drive or even a SanDisk memory card, etc.

What are the disadvantages of using Mac Time Machine backup?

Perhaps Apple Time Machine program will become the first backup option you come up with, but in this post, we're not going to teach you how to use Time Machine to backup your Mac, considering some noticeable disadvantages.

For example, quite a large number of users who use Time Machine complained that Time Machine is very likely to get stuck in preparing backup, and some said that they've encountered the situation that Time Machine backup restore failed because the 'Restore' button grayed out.

How to backup your Mac to an external hard drive for full system & data protection?

After some simple analysis, we think it's good to get to know a third-party Mac backup utility that can perfectly solve the problem raised by Time Machine backup. It's called EaseUS Todo Backup for Mac.

So, let's download and install the recommended backup software on Mac first, and follow the instruction below to learn the rich features and start to backup your Mac system and data files to a target external hard drive with simple clicks.

Backup: support for scheduled backups; only copy files to a selected location without changing the file size and file format.

✔  Archive: support for full backup, differential bakcup and incremental backup; compress the backup image in order to save disk space.

✔  Disk clone: support cloning disk 1 to disk 2, including personal data and system.

✔  Sync: support for scheduled synchronization.

Guide: how to backup mac to external hard drive with EaseUS Todo Backup for Mac

Step 1. Connect your external hard drive to Mac and let Mac recognize it. Launch the software, click the first Backup tab > Click + button at the left corner of the left pane to create a backup project - name the backup project and click OK.

click backup tab to create a backup project

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

select the external hard drive and data you want to backup

Step 3. Click File+ to selectively choose files and folders to backup and click the blue start button to backup your Mac to the external device now.

click the blue start button to start to backup mac to an external hard drive

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EaseUS Todo Backup For Mac

  • Archive files to a hard drive, network volume, CD/DVD or external device
  • Clone your disk volume to get a backup disk
  • Synchronize files and folders