Superstitious? We’re getting two Fridays the 13th in 2020. This year, make your own luck by using them for your semi-annual backup test.
Did you know that the word for the irrational fear of Friday the 13th is paraskevidekatriaphobia? Neither did we, but what that supposedly unlucky day is good for—whenever it rolls around—is reminding us to test our backup systems. If something does go wrong, backups can save your bacon, but only if they’re actually working.
In 2020, we will have two opportunities to test our luck and our backup systems on Friday the 13th – in March and November. When the 13th hits, take a few minutes to make sure you can restore files from Time Machine, see if you can boot from your bootable duplicate, and generally verify that your data really is being backed up successfully. And if you’ve already missed the 13th, there’s no time like the present. Today is a fine day to make up for it with a quick test.
Remember, luck will only get you so far. It’s best to make your own good fortune by ensuring that your Mac’s backup systems are good to go.