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Macintosh Time Machine backup

Setting up a Time Machine backup on your Mac can save your data in the event of a catastrophic hardware failure.   A Time Machine backup, once established, runs in the background and is a good way to ensure your data has a fairly recent backup.  If hardware failure occurs on your Mac,  a Time Machine backup can also serve as a quick restore option to a different Mac or hard drive to get you back up and running in the shortest time possible.  A Time Machine backup can be configured for either local or network shares.  This document is meant as a simple how-to for a local backup.  For more in-depth information regarding Time Machine, please see Apple's knowledge base article on Time Machine.