backing up macbook pro

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ok ... so here's the dumb question

how do i go about backing up my mac so that it has the os, word, etc. in case the worst happens? I keep reading someone's closing about backing up to a bootable usb thumb drive .. ?? huh??

obviously, i'm one of those users who just goes along in the dark ... fortunately nothing's happened so far

please advise
 

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2011 17" MBP 2.2ghz, 16gig ram, OS 10.11.6
Multiple possibilities:

- You can use a program like Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) or Super Duper. Both of these apps make a copy of everything on your HD.
- You can use Apple's Time Machine utility.

Both solutions require an exterior storage device of some sort. You could use a regular external HD…or I guess you could use a USB thumb drive.

- Finally you could backup to the "Cloud"…and online backup/storage site.

* Nick
 

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I have an Apple Time Capsule which I use to backup two Macbooks. It works in the background, over wifi and saves your data every hour.

If you are not massively computer minded then I can recommend this as very easy way of backing up.
 
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there's no harm in having both

I use TM (for incremental back ups) and SuperDuper! to make a bootable back up once a week or so

Both are easy though but as dbm states TM is the easiest solution - just buy an external hard drive, plug it in and follow the instructions.
 

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