• Where to put your files

    Option 1: Google Drive.


    1. You can make folders in Google Drive. 
    2. You can click and drag files from your desktop (or other folders) to Google Drive. 
    3. If you use the Google Chrome web browser, you can click and drag folders filled with files up to Google Drive.

    How much storage do I have available?


    How long will it take to upload my files to Google Drive?

    It takes as long as it takes, based on the number and size of the files you have saved on your computer.

    Are there other options?

    Option 2: buy external storage and use Time Machine.

    You can buy an external backup drive. Western Digital is good, and there are many good drives.The following link is not an endorsement of any product, but a link to show you potential options. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=mac+external+backup&crid=1V3ARKONS25D6&sprefix=mac+external+backup%2Caps%2C108&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

    You can use Apple's Time Machine with your backup drive. Instructions are here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201250

    Is Time Machine Faster than uploading Files to Google Drive?

    In general, yes.

    How long will it take to back up my files using Time Machine?

    It takes as long as it takes, based on the number and size of the files you have saved on your computer.

    Is it worth the money to back up to an external drive vs. Google Drive?

    That's a personal decision. You must choose between using something freely available to you vs. spending money on speed.

    Restoring Files

    If you used Google Drive to back up your files, you can reverse the drag-and-drop procedure listed above to get files back down to your computer.

    Which one makes an exact copy of the old computer?  

    Time Machine. Once you have made a backup, you can restore files to your computer or to a new computer (hint, hint). To restore files from Time Machine, use the Instructions from the linked article below, but ignore step 2 where they tell you to install macOS. Do not try to reinstall macOS. You'll cause yourself more headaches because you'll lose all the customizations we do to make your Mac experience better. Furthermore, some tools will be downloaded and you won't know their purpose.


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