How to Back Up Your Mac®

Priceless family photos, irreplaceable projects or a complete iTunes® library would be painful to lose. What would you do if your Mac computer was stolen or damaged and you lost these files? Spare yourself the heartache and invest some time and money in a backup option that will protect the files you need, no matter what. Here are our top 5 tips on what you need to know when backing up your data on your Mac:

  1. Time Machine®

    This is Apple’s® built-in backup feature for Mac OS X®. It is a built in backup application that keeps up-to-date copies of your files on a hard drive destination in order to restore them at a later time. It requires an external drive that is connected to a Thunderbolt, FireWire or USB port on your computer. Though you can’t rely on Time Machine for a complete full-system backup, it is easily accessible, easy to complete and a great way to maintain regular backups.

  2. Cloning

    Should something happen to your Mac, having a clone of your entire system is a very desirable option. Thankfully, OS X has a built in option for creating cloned images of your computer’s drive called Disk Utility. There are also options to pay for third party utilities which provide several other options and allow you to schedule backups.

  3. Cloud Storage

    Whether using iCloud® or another cloud service provider, utilizing cloud storage is a great way to back up your Mac computer. With a cloud service, your files are safe regardless of what happens to your computer. There are also many thorough options for cloud storage with services such as Crash Plan or Live drive that can save more than just tiny subsets of your data like Dropbox. The only major downsides to cloud storage options are the amount of time it can take to complete a backup and restore a full system as well as the cost for sufficient space.

  4. Indestructible and Offsite Hard Drives

    Should a drastic disaster occur such as a fire, or flood, a backup solution that is indestructible or located in a completely different location is a life-saver. It may be annoying to back up your files and take the drive to another location, but saving your files is always worth the hassle. There are also fireproof and waterproof disks sold, however these are large and not safe against theft.

  5. Backup Your Backup

    The best way to ensure your files are safe is to not rely on only one back up method. Whether you want to use a Cloud and Time Machine, or the Bootable Backup and an offsite hard drive, it’s important to be prepared for the worst. By providing yourself with several easy backup methods you can be consistent with, you are ensuring the safety of your files as well as your peace of mind.

Mac® vs. PC: Which One Should You Buy?

Why You Should Consider a Mac

There are many aspects of purchasing a computer that can make the hunt quite challenging. There are many great options, however, it’s vital to consider the factors that make a computer safe, reliable and user-friendly. Your first decision as a computer shopper should be: Mac or PC?

We took a look at considerations such as safety, usability, reliability, affordability and re-sale value. Take a look at our suggestions:

Safety:
Macs have long been considered the safer option, but what is the reality? Both PC and Mac computers are vulnerable to malware. However, due to the number and variety of PCs available, PCs are attacked by hackers more frequently than Mac computers.

PCs are sold by many companies including Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Lenovo amongst others. Though there are many options and varieties of PCs, this promotes a less-controlled operating system. Because Mac computers are created, sold and updated by Apple®, they are able to maintain more stability with the operating system and security of Mac computers. Apple also optimizes their OS® to function with Mac components and, as a result, Mac computers typically crash less than PCs.

Usability:
There are many factors that contribute to a computer’s usability. Part of the answer to the Mac vs. PC question is, what do you personally want in your computer?

Mac computers are known for their beautiful designs in addition to offering better physical components such as nicer screens due to their high resolution retina display. The average PC does not compare in its design or screen. Mac computers also offer iTunes®, which is one of the most convenient ways to enjoy music and movies on a computer. Though PCs do not offer iTunes, they do have a more thorough collection of gaming options and are sometimes considered the better gaming choice. Some PCs can also offer their user flexibility; however, the flexibility that comes with purchasing a PC also leaves it open to more vulnerabilities.

Macs are easier to incorporate into daily routines and anyone’s lifestyle thanks to the strengthened ties between Mac OS and iOS® devices such as your iPhone® and iPad®. iOS users now have the ability to start a note or email on their iPhone or iPad, and continue working on their Mac without taking additional steps to synchronize or save anything thanks to the new Hand-Off® feature from Apple.

Reliability:
When it comes down to the integrity of the software, Mac computers come with software that is specifically designed for Mac products. When purchasing a PC, understand that the software developed for the PC is generic and applied to any of the hundreds of PC models available.

Mac computers are considered reliable due to the incredible Mac OS operating system as well as the superb customer support offered on a Mac computer. Again, due to Apple providing everything for the Mac computer, you are provided with a thorough and all-inclusive computer experience.

Affordability and Re-Sale Value:
It is easy to find cheap PCs; however, these options do not offer the quality that comes with a Mac computer. There is no such thing as a cheaply-made Mac computer. A quality PC and Mac with similar specs will be comparable in price.

However, Apple computers hold their value much more – safety, usability and reliability. Additionally, people are attracted to the modern design associated with Macs. Because of these factors, Mac computers are considered a premium product. However, owning a premium Mac computer doesn’t have to come at a premium price. Mac computers are known for their longevity thanks to their stable operating systems and quality build, and buying a pre-owned Mac computer is a great option for the consumer who is not interested in getting a brand new Mac. Experimac’s prices on pre-owned Mac computers are often 60% lower than the retail price. On the other hand, purchasing a used PC is not recommended because they do not offer longevity and reliability of a Mac computer.

When you have considered all of your options, weighed the pros and cons, and ready to purchase, we are confident you’ll go with a Mac. If a pre-owned Mac is your chosen route, don’t hesitate to call or visit your local Experimac.

Pre-Owned Mac® Products: Choosing Pre-Owned, What You Need to Know

Are you already a Mac user? If you’re thinking about it, ask any long-term user of Mac products what they love most about their computer and more than likely they will say – reliability. Mac products are not sold in the volume of other computers but those who buy them understand the long-term value they are getting. Former PC users come to the realization that in the end, Macs don’t need as many updates and last longer, making them a wise investment.

Given the reliability of Macs, you may want to consider purchasing a pre-owned model. For those looking for the best value, Experimac is the place to visit. With the purchase of a pre-owned Mac from Experimac, you can save up to 60% of the cost.

When making any major purchase, we recommend you do your research and when purchasing a pre-owned Mac, in particular, always make sure you are purchasing from a reputable company that offers a warranty, like Experimac. Additionally, when purchasing from Experimac, you can visit any of our locations throughout the country and test out the computer or laptop you’re interested in for yourself.

Here are some things to keep in mind when purchasing a pre-owned Mac product:

What is a pre-owned Mac product?
Pre-owned Mac products can include gently used Mac computers, MacBook® laptops, and iPad® tablets that were traded in for an upgrade or bought out-right for rebuild. At Experimac, unlike other companies, all pre-owned Mac products are inspected, repaired, and tested prior to being sold at a lower cost. At Experimac, we are proud to offer our customers a 90-day repair or replace guarantee on every product you purchase.

Why purchase a pre-owned Mac product?
Mac products are known for their sleek design, reliability, and cutting edge technology – not to mention how user-friendly they are. Unfortunately, brand new Mac computers can be expensive. Pre-owned machines also offer the incredible reliability and ease of use that a brand new Mac computer does but at a much lower price. Buyers can feel confident that their investment is in a high-quality product that runs like new.

How much savings can you expect?
Pricing for each pre-owned product is unique and based on the age and computing capability of that product. While there are no exact savings that we can guarantee for each of our pre-owned Mac products, we CAN guarantee that you will get a great deal and a great product. Typically, our customers save 60% compared to big box retail stores.

What about warranties?
Experimac is proud to offer a 90-day repair or replace warranty on every pre-owned Mac product that we sell. We also offer our customers a full 7 days to familiarize themselves with their new product ensuring that they can feel confident that they have purchased a product that meets or exceeds their expectations.

Owning a high quality device doesn’t have to break the bank. Experimac has a large inventory of pre-owned Mac products such as iMac® computers, MacBook Pro® laptops and more that can fit your needs and budget. If you or your family is in need of a computer, consider stopping by your local Experimac store to try out a pre-owned Mac product. Our trained staff can answer any questions you might have about taking the plunge.