Sorry for the asinine question but I am pretty much paralysed with fear on how to do a proper backup without losing anymore data. My hard disk went blank and I managed to salvage the data with the help of apple tech stuff.
My current hard disk that I purchased in a moments urgency contains the files that I have saved. I would like to do a proper back up and what's holding me back is that if I were to use my external hard disk as it is, I fear that the files I have saved would be erased.
I was thinking of cutting and pasting the data from the hard disk into my laptop, with that, I have an empty external hard disk to begin the time machine process. I wonder if this sounds practical.
I read that there is a need to format the external hard disk but I am not sure. I am using Western Digital ready to use for Mac.
I read that it is good practice to encrypt the time machine, but I read that selecting this option will erase the external hard disk completely and hence the previous point on cutting and pasting the data into the laptop in the first place.
I am using Mac Catalina.
Would be grateful if someone points me to the correct direction on how to perform a proper time machine backup considering that I have a partially used external hard disk.