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    Question Time Machine..

    Is Time Machine any good, i normally backup the folders and files that i use the most, however, my friend recommends using Time Machine...

    What's you opinion??
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayBird View Post
    Is Time Machine any good, i normally backup the folders and files that i use the most, however, my friend recommends using Time Machine...

    What's you opinion??
    While it quite literally "works as advertised", it is quite inflexible. You only have the option of turning it on and off.

    Adv.:
    • Backs up all folders, files and preferences
    • tracks changes
    • backup changes
    • frequent backups by-the-hour
    • simple to backup and simple to restore from


    Disadv.:
    • Initial backup may take a very long time
    • heavy on CPU (depends, but quite a few ppl reported that, even though it's not surprising for all the reading/copying.)
    • cannot customize backup scheduling (It backs up every hour, and you cannot change that without third party software)
    • lacks advanced settings of any kind*
    • frequent, continuous, and heavy HDD usage (may make the life of the HD shorter)
    • stops backing up when HDD space reaches it's limit
    • (may get buggy... I experienced a few bugs, but not sure about other ppl)


    *You are allowed to disable TM backup of any folder/volume of your choosing,however
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    cheers wikinerd i knew you'd know the answer,
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayBird View Post
    cheers wikinerd i knew you'd know the answer,
    Thx. Just want to stress the TM's CPU usage... A nasty bug I've experienced with TM is that it has trouble reading the filesystem for changes, and "Prepare[s] for backup" all the time... and slows down everything. I'd suggest waiting for the Snow Leopard version, hopefully the prev. post's problems would be patched.
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    can't be that much longer to Snow Leopard to come out, its Q1 of 09 last time i looked
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayBird View Post
    can't be that much longer to Snow Leopard to come out, its Q1 of 09 last time i looked
    I'd say it's about June. Apple demo'ed it last June and say that they will release in one year...
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    here's a q Wikinerd, when you use time machine, if you have various partitions. Say for instance winows + Mac does time machine backup both, or just the MAC Partition?

    Also, if i use Time Machine, say my MAC Crashed an i needed to totally reload from scratch, am i able to retrieve all files from this version of a backup??

    Lastly, i have been doing research, no it sates that it backs up every hr. I would want it to do it each time i plugged my external drive in, can i do that????
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayBird View Post
    here's a q Wikinerd, when you use time machine, if you have various partitions. Say for instance winows + Mac does time machine backup both, or just the MAC Partition?

    Also, if i use Time Machine, say my MAC Crashed an i needed to totally reload from scratch, am i able to retrieve all files from this version of a backup??

    Lastly, i have been doing research, no it sates that it backs up every hr. I would want it to do it each time i plugged my external drive in, can i do that????
    My mac only has 1 partition— but my guess is that it backs up just your boot partition.

    In your second question do you meant that will you be able to restore files from the last backup? yes. Can you boot up using TM? no.

    TM backs up every hour if the drive is plugged in. If you remove the drive it'll wait until you plug it back in. It is also not suggested that you separate the drive for too long, or else the next backup will go for hours.(i.e. it'll have to read the filesystem from scratch again.)

    (btw spell Mac without the all caps plz/ MAC stands for Media Access Control. )
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    cheers Wikinerd,
    ill explain the second q better. Say i had recently completed a time machine backup. Then my mac wouldn't load anymore, so i had to format the drive and reload mac back to factory default.

    Would i be able to restore my files and folders back via that time machine save....

    Im trying to judge if it is better to write an apple script that copies the folders i want to backup to a external HDD or to use Time Machine...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayBird View Post
    cheers Wikinerd,
    ill explain the second q better. Say i had recently completed a time machine backup. Then my mac wouldn't load anymore, so i had to format the drive and reload mac back to factory default.

    Would i be able to restore my files and folders back via that time machine save....

    Im trying to judge if it is better to write an apple script that copies the folders i want to backup to a external HDD or to use Time Machine...
    It will restore everything on your drive that was present when you backed up, including system files, preferences, applications, documents, your user folder, etc.

    simply speaking, everything (note: yes, backing up everything does take up quite a lot of space, including the 11GB of the Leopard installation.)
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