1. jkeitz's Avatar
    I'm new to Mac this week, after 30 years of Windows, and I have a question about Time Capsule. The first bit of advice all the Mac owners give is set up Time Capsule. I always backed up my Windows machines, but when I signed into iCloud on my new MacBook, everything I needed appeared. My documents, spreadsheets, email, calendar, photos... All of my video and music comes form iTunes. I have a couple of games from the App Store and a couple from Steam, so they are simple enough to re-install.

    What would Time Machine do that iCloud doesn't already do for me?
    10-29-2016 12:29 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    The things that you save to your hard disk that are not synced to iCloud cannot be restored via an iCloud restore. Furthermore, you want to use Time Capsule as an alternate backup system for safekeeping not only your precious data, but to restore your entire Mac if necessary. iCloud cannot do that.
    10-29-2016 12:50 PM
  3. Adramyttium's Avatar
    You can also use your Time Machine backup as a means of transferring your data to an entirely new Mac.
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    10-29-2016 01:40 PM
  4. robertk328's Avatar
    If you accidentally delete an important file from your desktop, it's going to delete from iCloud as well.

    Time Machine will save it
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    10-29-2016 01:59 PM
  5. jkeitz's Avatar
    That's kinda what I figured, but I'm trying to see if its worth it to me. The way I see it, if I should happen to need a new Mac, or to restore this one, my documents and such will all be in iCloud, my music and video will all be at iTunes, and my apps will be at iTunes (or Steam). It wouldn't be, for the most part, automatic to restore, but it would be really simple.
    10-29-2016 03:46 PM
  6. jkeitz's Avatar
    That's a good point!
    10-29-2016 03:47 PM
  7. Massie's Avatar
    Extra backups=extra good! And as mentioned above, TM will be backing up things that iCloud doesn't.
    10-30-2016 09:04 AM
  8. robertk328's Avatar
    Extra backups=extra good! And as mentioned above, TM will be backing up things that iCloud doesn't.
    I backup to Time Machine and to Backblaze online backup. If my backup drive fails, or my house burns down, Backblaze is there. Redundant, but non-replaceable photos are safe
    10-30-2016 01:44 PM
  9. Massie's Avatar
    I backup to Time Machine and to Backblaze online backup.
    If podcasts have taught me anything, it's to use Backblaze.
    (And Casper, and SquareSpace, and Fracture, and Harry's.)
    10-30-2016 09:34 PM
  10. robertk328's Avatar
    If podcasts have taught me anything, it's to use Backblaze.
    (And Casper, and SquareSpace, and Fracture, and Harry's.)
    lol

    the advertising works! Backblaze has been helpful in a few instances and I've been glad to have it.
    10-31-2016 04:49 AM

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