What happens to you if you lose your stuff? Seriously, most of
us would lose parts of our lives. Furthermore, getting some
of that stuff back may be very time consuming, expensive, or
There are many options for backing up your stuff, manually or
automatically. As an example, Apple engineers were aware of
the need for backups and that most people didn't backup. So
Apple provides mechanisms to help users backup automatically:
1. iOS/iPadOS allows automatic backups to Apple's iCloud.
2. MacOS allows automatic Time Machine backups to an
external drive as well as backups to the iCloud.
Worth Reading: The Cloud Is a Lie
John Kheit argues that the cloud is a lie. And if you
believe in it, you're not only a sucker, you've been
brainwashed into accepting your lot as a 2nd class digital
The cloud is a lie because it convinces you of at least two
Stockholm syndrome things: (1) you don't deserve to own or
control your own data, and (2) security for your data does
Some Popular Backup Options (in the cloud)
(Cloud Backups require good broadband connections)
https://www.apple.com/support/backup/ (now E2EE)
Backup Options (locally)
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201250 (Time Machine)
Re-Formatting external SSDs
How Do I Format an SSD in Windows 10?
There are two ways to format an SSD on Windows 10. The
easiest is to right-click the drive in File Manager and
select Format. However, this isn't an option if the drive
hasn't been formatted yet, as it won't show up in File
Explorer. In that case, you need to format the drive using
NTFS is the best option for Windows PCs. If you need to use
your drive on both Windows and macOS, choose exFat.
An Enhanced Performance (and Encryption) Option for Mac users:
Erase and reformat a storage device in Disk Utility on Mac
1. Should you have multiple backups? Why?
2. Should your multiple backups be spatially separated? Why?
3. What is most convenient?
4. What is most secure?
How to Connect External Storage Drive to iPad & iPhone
USB-C to USB Adapter
Lightning to USB Adapter
Micro-USB to USB Adapter (for Android)