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It is time to upgrade from the oldest Mac OS to the latest macOS Sierra that was recently announced by Apple during WWDC 2016. By upgrading to this new operating system you will be able to optimize storage on your Mac, use Siri to search for files on your Mac and enjoy improved app photos among others. Before you upgrade to Mac OS X 10.12 (macOS Sierra) it is advisable to do a backup of your files as you may lose them in the process of upgrading your Mac. That being said, we have complied a safe way to back up your files on Mac before macOS Sierra upgrade or even High Sierra.

How to Make a Backup before macOS Sierra Upgrade

Our Mac is a hub for storing documents, videos, audios, apps, and photos. When you upgrade your Mac, the process may fail and you may lose all these files. Therefore, to be safe you need to backup all these data on external hard drive. The safest way to backup files on Mac is to use its inbuilt backup machine known as Time Machine. This application does all the backup of files including the operating system. With Time Machine you can access the files according to date and month you did the backup and recover them with ease. You may be new to this time-saving machine and you have no clue on how to do the backup.

Step 1. Connect External Hard Drive

Connect the USB, Firewall or thunderbolt external drive to your Mac. You will then be asked what you want to do with your external hard drive. Click on "Use As Backup Disk".

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Step 2. Open Time Michine

Go to "Apple" click on "System Preferences" and then select "Time Machine".

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Step 3. Start Backing up

On the Time Machine window select your disk and the process will commence immediately.

Note: If Time Machine fails to detect your disk automatically you can go to Time Machine system preferences to do the settings. Click on the "Select" icon and choose your external hard drive. You can also use the Airport Time capsule with Time Machine if you prefer wireless connection.

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Best PDF Editor for macOS Sierra

Once you have installed the macOS Sierra you will have to edit or view PDF files. This means you will have to download a PDF editor that is compatible with macOS Sierra and macOS 10.13 High Sierra. A software that is equipped with powerful editing tools is PDFelement for Mac. This software not only lets you edit texts, but also make changes on images and pages. Wondershare PDFelement is fully featured tool with other PDF tools such as:

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  • It allows you to modify text, images and pages, insert or delete any element on PDF documents.
  • You can also use it to highlight, add watermarks, text comments, links, draw markups on PDFs.
  • It can also convert HTML, Images, RTF, Screenshots, PDFs, and Clipboards to beautiful PDFs.
  • It can also output PDF files to editable formats like DOC, HTML, XLS, PPT, EPUB, TXT, RTF, Images and HTML.
  • This software also allows you to design PDF forms and fill them out.
  • You can also use its high-end OCR plug-in to make image-based PDFs searchable, editable and selectable.
  • It allows you to hide sensitive data such as social security number, passwords and bank account details with redaction tool.
  • It allows you to encrypt a PDF with owner password and user password that hinders unauthorized person from printing, editing, copying and viewing your PDF.
  • It is compatible with macOS Sierra 10.12, OS X 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8 and 10.7

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Published: Dec 14,2017 17:20 pm / Updated: Apr 15,2018 16:48 pm

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