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It’s the end of 2021 and it’s time to back up your Mac. Before we talk about Mac backup, we must find a reliable external hard drive.

What is a backup?

A backup is a copy of your file on your Mac stored in a secondary drive. You can quickly restore the backup in the event of a data loss. We always recommend a mandatory local backup and before sending in any Apple hardware for repairs, Apple will request to back up the device before sending in repair in case they might have to factory reset the device as part of the inspection.

G-Technology 4TB G-DRIVE USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive, Silver – Compact, High-Performance Storage – 0G03594-1

If you want to make use of your Mac’s Thunderbolt port, the best external hard drive for Macs is the G Technology G Drive. It provides a USB 3.0 transfer speed rate by using a traditional 3.5-inch hard drive. Although, the speed is not as fast as SSD it keeps the cost down with a larger capacity of storage.

Seagate Portable 2TB External Hard Drive Portable HDD – USB 3.0 for PC, Mac, PlayStation, & Xbox – 1-Year Rescue Service (STGX2000400)

If you are looking for a small portable external hard drive, the Seagate Portable 2TB HDD is the best solution. It does not require a power adapter to power on this external HDD. It’s simple to plug and plays directly to a USB port on your Mac.  The transfer speed to backing up is a traditional hard drive speed. Simply the best portable external hard drive to carry for additional storage as well.


SAMSUNG T5 Portable SSD 1TB – Up to 540MB/s – USB 3.1 External Solid State Drive, Black (MU-PA1T0B/AM)

If you are searching for a faster backup drive, the Samsung T5 Portable SSD is quick and fast. We get it, restoring from a backup can take forever! However, with the Samsung T5 Portable SSD, it speeds up from restoring and backing up at a speed up to 540mbps. From our experience with a restore from a data, restore took only 30 minutes compared to a 4-hour backup recovery.

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