Tell me how to do your fancy /users backup.
Quick note, it’s “/Users”. Sometimes upper and lower case matters.
Plain Mac Backups (by Kozikowski)
Some of this may be a little different on your more modern machine. But I doubt it’s that different.
I keep my internal hard drive visible on my desktop.
That Year/Name picture is handy if you have links to more than one machine—and they look similar.
I’ve been burned with graphically attractive record keeping which leaves out the year. Scan over your desktop quick right this second. What year is it?
Being professionally obsessive, I never connect the network and the backup drives at the same time. Apple > System Preferences > Network. Make a note of where everything is and disconnect it all. This is also the same reason I don’t use iCloud … yet.
Double click Macintosh HD and highlight the Users folder and, in my case, Installers-Keys-Settings.
Mount/plug-in/turn on/open the backup drive. Check how much room there is. Right-click > Get INFO.
This might be a good time to do your Time Machine backup. That’s what Backups.backupdb is.
Create a backup file structure you like and drag your two backup folders over to it. The Mac will COPY not MOVE to an external drive.
Please note I use the list structure (red dot) for all this rather than the blizzard of pretty icons which is impossible to follow. If you’ve never used list structure, this may be a shock. I come from older machines where that’s all there was.
Go make coffee.
When it’s done (mine chongs at me), do a quick check.
Un-mount the backup drive (EJECT), and put it away.
Apple > System Preferences put the network connection(s) back.
I know this reads like the three volume set “How To Make Toast.” I printed all steps on a card and I check them off as I do them.