Take Backup in Time Machine Before Install macOS Monterey, Big Sur, Mojave, High Sierra, OS X EI Capitan

Last Updated on Aug 6, 2021

here’s how to backup MacBook to an external hard drive? That’s called Time Machine Backup. Just like Windows OS, We can not Take Mac Backup on the Same Mac or on another Partition/Same Partition. A good habit in the case of update OS on any device takes full backup without taking risk or haste about using new OS X.

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Here I cover the full guide on How to Backup a full Mac before the update with the latest MacOS. Your Mac running macOS Monterey, Big Sur, MacOS Mojave, MacOS High Sierra, Sierra, EI Capitan, or Yosemite. In any case, you skip steps for Taking Backup in Time Machine, you might lose data then you have to use any of data recovery tools for Mac. A time machine is an official way to take a backup of your full system, Settings, Mail, Contacts, Photos/ Videos, Document, and folder. One of the secure services given by Apple within your device. Learn how to start Time machine backup on your device.

Compatible Devices: MacBook, iMac, MacMini, MacBook Retina, MacBook Air.

OS X Version: macOS Monterey, macOS Big Sur, MacOS High Sierra, MacOS Mojave, Mavericks, Yosemite, or Upcoming also.

So you can take full backup in the external drive, So you need one high capacity data storage external drive. I think 6TB is best suited for this time and then you can use the remaining space for Any Use. You can order the top best External Drive for Mac.

Step for Taking Backup in Time Machine on Mac OS X

  • Step #1: Go to the Apple Menu
  • Step #2. Next Click on System Preference.
Apple Menu and System Preference Screen on Mac
  • Step #3: Next, Find Time Machine and Open it.Find Time Machine in System Preference
  • Step #4: Choose, Startup Backup Disk.
Start to Take Backup in Time Machine on Mac OS X

Here showing Bootcamp, it’s hence that Dual OS running on single Mac (macOS 11 and Windows). Otherwise, you will see your macOS system name only.

If you choose Bootcamp, you Will take full system backup means all the partition data.

Note: if you connect any third-party drive for a large backup, the external drive is also seen in the list.

  • Step 4: Then, Click on Use disk.restart-time-machine-backup-on-external-drive
  • Step 5: Next, Enable Time machine backup toggle when you want to start.

Time machine always stores the latest data, in the case, your drive might be full then Time Machine erases old data – Backup file automatically.

Time Machine Backup settings on Mac
Time Machine Backup settings on Mac

Once your Time Machine Backup is Completed into External Drive, you will get the notification on your Mac screen.

Enable Time Machine directly from the top menu bar, click on the Time Machine icon and Start Backing up on your Demand “Back Up Now“.

Time Machine Backup Manage from Top Mac menu Bar
Time Machine Backup Manage from Top Mac menu Bar

Sometimes we fail to take Backup Mac using Time Machine.

Force Backup in Time Machine

The oldest backups are deleted when your disk becomes full. But sometimes can’t delete it. so at that time, we have to free up space manually, That’s explained in the below steps.

  1. Click on Apple Logo from Top Mac menu > System Preferences. Click on Time Machine.time-machine-in-system-preferences-on-mac
  2. Click on Select Disk Option.take-a-manual-backup-of-mac-in-time-machine-backup-drive
  3. Select the Backup Drive and use it for Start Time Machine Backup.restart-time-machine-backup-on-external-drive
  4. Otherwise keep selected automatically.stop-the-time-machine-backup-on-mac

Delete Backup in Time Machine

Time Machine Backup is a common process for all Mac and MacOS. So, it’s easy to manage even you are new and you are getting errors because of not enough space on External Drive [Time Machine Backup Drive].


Follow the below steps to Open Time Machine Backup drive on Mac, Find & Delete Old Backup.

  1. Open Time Machine Backup drive from Finder window sidebar on Mac.
  2. Click on the Time Machine Drive > Select all the Time Machine Backup Folder > Right Click on it > Get info.get-info-of-time-machine-backup-drive-on-mac
  3. See the Backup size for Each folder and the last modified date.find-old-time-machine-backup-in-backup-drive-on-mac
  4. Find the Too old backups and Delete them completely.delete-old-backup-in-time-machine-backup-drive-on-mac
  5. That’s it.

You might need: Time Machine Backup Stuck on Preparing Backup or In Progress.

Still, have you been confused on the way for Taking Backup in Time Machine or query on Time Machine backup stop automatically, and then share your problem with us on the comment box.

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