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Time machine

by mrmrsnb / August 6, 2010 11:25 PM PDT

Hi everyone,
I'm new to Mac, so just been browsing the posts. I've seen mention of Time machine a couple of times, but have no idea where it is, or what it is used for. Enlightenment please?

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ooops
by mrmrsnb / August 7, 2010 12:05 AM PDT
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Never mind everyone, just discovered it's not on Tiger.

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What Mac do you have?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 7, 2010 5:31 AM PDT
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You may want to consider moving to Leopard, or Snow Leopard, and then find out about Time Machine

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Time machine
by fox3 / August 21, 2010 5:08 AM PDT
In reply to: What Mac do you have?

Eats huge amounts of memory, is there a way to reduce the frequency of back-up or auto dump older back-ups?

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Time Machine does not eat huge amounts of memory
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 21, 2010 6:38 AM PDT
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Time Machine uses a lot of hard drive space, not as much as you would expect though, and will auto dump older backups as it needs to.

There is no way to reduce the frequency of the backups, hourly, but it does not keep all those hourly backups.

This from the Apple Site:
"Following the initial backup of your entire Mac, Time Machine automatically makes incremental backups every hour, every day, copying just the files that have changed since your last backup. And it does this all in the background, so you can continue working while Time Machine is busy copying your files. Time Machine saves the hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month."
For more information about Time Machine, go here: http://www.apple.com/macosx/what-is-macosx/time-machine.html

What size is that external you are backing up to?

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time
by fox3 / August 22, 2010 7:43 PM PDT

It's a 250gb internal, system is on a 160gb internal.

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With a drive that small
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 22, 2010 11:56 PM PDT
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don't expect to be using it for anything else/

What Mac?

Have you considered a larger, external drive, as a Time Machine disk?
Prices are very cheap for a 1TB USB drive, not so much for Firewire, but USB is fine as long as you have USB 2.0 in your Mac.

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Its a G5 a dual 2ghz model.
by fox3 / August 23, 2010 3:52 AM PDT

I usually just delete the older files to leave one per month.

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(NT) Time Machine will do that for you
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 24, 2010 3:10 AM PDT
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There is a utility
by sturner--2008 / August 24, 2010 2:23 PM PDT
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called TimeMachineEditor which will allow you to change the frequency of backups. Look on versiontracker.com or macupdate.com for the program.

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Thanks
by fox3 / September 7, 2010 6:35 PM PDT
In reply to: There is a utility

Have installed and hopefully sorted my problems.

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