Your Mac system might begin showing performance issues for various reasons. Possibly you have too many apps in your device, and some of those have started acting mischievous, or perhaps something has gone awfully wrong with Mac operating system. Sometimes, things might get so off beam that there is a modest chance of fixing. In spite of applying various possible fixes, if you are yet not getting clear of the existing problems, then reboot to factory settings.
By choosing to restore Mac to factory settings, you can improvise your Mac device considerably. Thus, many users remain willing to perform factory restore when their system gets miserable in its performance. But before doing that, the most crucial step is to backup the data. In this blog, you will understand the intricacies of the factory reset process and why and how you should backup your data.
The Need to Backup the Data
This troubleshooting method always proves to be effective as it deletes all the modifications done to your Mac operating system, bad as well as the good modification. That means each and every app you have installed on your device, entire hard drive data, settings and configuration, junk files, malware, and rest everything will get wiped out. The Mac OS X will get freshly installed, and only the inbuilt programs and default settings will get resumed. It’s like having a completely new Mac system. Thus, when you restore Mac to factory settings, you certainly get rid of the malicious software or bad data, but along with that even your important data also get erased. That is why it’s excessively important to create data backup before you decide to wipe a Mac for a factory restore.
How to Create Data Backup Before You Reboot to Factory Settings?
1. Use External Hard Drive
Restoring Mac to factory settings is like an opportunity where you get to start all over new. It’s a process that will clean up the whole device, give you a fresh operating system, and you can start installing only those apps and data that you truly need, and rest you can discard.
First thing first, organize your data. Take your time and organize all those data that you need to preserve. You can categorize your data in folders like “Often Important,” “Occasionally Important,” and “Rarely Important.” If you are confused about the future usage or need of a section of data, then it is recommended that keep that data in some folder like “Not So Important” but don’t leave it. That is because once you factory restore your device, its data will get erased forever. Thus, you must create the backup of every bit of data that is even slightly useful to you. You can leave only that portion of data that is completely useless to you.
Once you have organized the data, simply transfer it to an external hard drive. Take a spacious external hard drive so that it can accommodate your data properly. Before, you transfer the data, don’t forget to format the external drive.
2. Backing up to iCloud
If you own an iCloud account, then you can back up your data to iCloud also. To do that perform, the following steps:
- Turn on iCloud
- Go to Apple menu
- Open System Preferences
- Click on the ‘iCloud’ icon
- Type your Apple’s ID and password, and then sign in
- Click the checkbox that confirms that you admit using iCloud for data backup.
- Click the ‘Next’ button
- Now, select the data you wish to backup and click ‘Ok.’
- Now, shut down the ‘System Preferences’ window.
Next, iCloud will automatically start syncing the data you have selected for backup.
If you need to back up the entire data of your Mac system, then Time Machine is the best option. Time Machine will back up the complete data in your Mac hard drives and then it will store it in your selected backup disk. You can use an external hard drive as the backup disk. To use the Time Machine app, perform the following steps:
- Open the ‘Time Machine.’
- From inside the Time Machine, select the Backup Disk (external hard drive)
- Turn on the ‘Time Machine.’
- Now, Time Machine will automatically start backing up the data.
That might take some time, possibly overnight, depending on the amount of your data.
Once you finish creating the data backup, you can continue further to restore Mac to factory settings. Once you finish the factory restore process, your device will have a freshly installed Mac operating system and only the inbuilt software programs and default setting. The device will be completely free of malware and junk files. Thus, your device will be just like newly bought out-of-box Mac system. It will be quick and smooth in its performance. Now, you can start installing your requisite apps and files.