Mac laptop backup

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About this article

This article includes an overview and links to instructions for backing up your Apple-based, MacBook Air through the E-Warrior Digital Life and Learning Program. It is intended for students and employees.

Frequently asked questions

Over the years, we have encountered some common questions about backing up data. Why do you have to do it manually? Where should you store your backup files? Where can you get help? If you have questions, check our Frequently Asked Questions article for answers.

Your backup checklist

Everyone should back up any school-related and personal documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and media stored on your laptop's hard drive. Some of you may need to pay close attention to application-specific files. Listed below are articles covering all aspects of the backup process for PC users:

Everyone - Back up your school-related and personal files

Backing up files on your MacBook Pro

Optional - Back up any special, application-specific files as needed

Export your browser bookmarks and favorites (IE, Firefox, Chrome). If you save web addresses in your browser, you can export them and then import them into your browser on your new laptop.

Copy your KeePass database. If you use the KeePass password vault to store your passwords, that database is stored on your laptop and can be copied and stored.

Copy your iTunes library. If you use Apple iTunes, any burned music tracks, saved podcasts, and downloaded, purchased media, are stored as files on your laptop. The folder that contains these files can be copied and stored.

Copy your Outlook email archive .pst files. If you use the email archive function in Outlook to save items from your mailbox, the file this process creates on your laptop can be copied and stored.

Copy Windows and Office appearance and personalization settings. If you have modified Windows or Office (e.g., added fonts, signatures, words to the dictionary, macros), you may be able to save some of these modifications.

Copy your Respondus test bank databases. If you use the Respondus test authoring tool (not to be confused with Respondus Lockdown Browser), your tests and question banks are saved as .rsa files on your laptop. These Respondus files will need to be backed up and moved to your new laptop.

Copy your Techsmith Camtasia Studio projects. If you use TechSmith Camtasia Studio to record videos, there are multiple folders and files you need to copy and move to your new laptop.

Copy your Adobe Presenter videos. If you use Adobe Presenter to narrate over your PowerPoint slides, contact TLT ( for assistance with backup.

Copy your SPSS databases and output files. If you use SPSS to analyze data, both the datasets and output files are saved on your laptop and will need to be copied and moved to your new laptop.

Copy your archived D2L courses. If you use D2L and have archived any old courses, these files are stored on your laptop and will need to be moved to your new laptop.

Unsupported personal applications. If you installed any unsupported software for school or personal use such as a password vault, a citation manager (e.g., EndNote, Reference Manager), a tax preparation tool (e.g., TurboTax), or photo gallery software, back up any related files you wish to retain. Consult your documentation to determine the location and format of these files.

Optional - Update your backup notes

If you really want to maximize your efficiency when it comes time to replace your laptop, take some notes when you do your backups:

Installed software applications. Make a list of all the applications you need to install on your new laptop (e.g., Uniface, Adobe Photoshop, SPSS, JMP).

Installed browser add-ons or extensions. Make a list of the modifications you have made to your browsers (e.g., Google Toolbar, Hangouts, Feedly, Pocket, Zotero, Diigo).

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