No doubt if you follow the news of the Apple world you’ll be aware that the public beta of OS X El Capitan has now dropped. Before you install the beta have you backed up your data? Here’s a guide on how to make sure everything is backed up for that “just in case” moment.
Time Machine Backups
Apple’s own backup service isn’t that bad but far from perfect. By default it will backup all of your files including the operating system for easy recover. However you might want to exclude files from Time Machine to keep your backups lean and trim.
Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC)
Create a bootable disk image with Carbon Copy Cloner version 4. CCC backups will take a full disk image of your bootup disk and then incremental backups from there, only copying the files which have been updated. CCC comes with a 30 day trial and purchase for $19.99
BackBlaze: Unlimited Online Backup For Just $5/month
Designed by ex apple engineers, Blackblaze offers unlimited, unthrottled backup online, taking a full snapshot of your hard drive for easy restoring from. In backblaze you can edit any file that’s backed up online via ios or a pc. You can even backup an external hard drive. It really is unlimited. A 15 day free trial is available from BackBlaze
For those of you on internet connections with data caps a word of warning, OS X El Capitan Public Beta is a mighty 6gb download.