I have been reading on various websites, that people are by LARGE external hard drives, in preparation for Time Machine. I have an 80 GB Hard Drive in my Mac G5 and a 160 GB External Hard Drive for back up. So, HOW BIG do I need to go for Time Machine??? ( I have seen people talking about 500 GB - 1 TB sized drives! <G>) Does it take up much more space than the Backup program's backups? <br><br>
You should be fine with a 160GB drive. Remember, Time Machine does incremental backups. So let's say that your internal drive has 50GB of data on it right now. Time Machine will back up that 50GB right away. Then, it will only backup (every hour) files that change, not the entire drive. So depending on the type of files you have, and how often you tend to save or delete large amounts of files, it could theoretically be years before your grow out of the 160GB backup drive.<br><br>For example, lets say all you do is email, surf the Web, and lots of Word or Excel documents. None of those will produce large files. You would have to be saving new files and deleting old ones by the hundreds per day (if not more) to fill up that backup drive.<br><br>CreativeGuy for daily tips, tricks and commentary on all things graphic design.
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I just used it this AM. I was trying to fix my address book and replaced it with an old one. The old one was defective and wouldn't open. So ... went back 1 hour and VIOLA ! recovered the old one. works GREAT !!<br><br>I never thought I'd use it so soon ! <br><br>David (OFI)
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Does 'Time Machine' let me choose which files I want to back up?<p><hr></blockquote><p>Yes. You can exclude entire volumes, folders or even individual files. When you hit the options within System Prefs you can create a list of anything you want excluded.<br><br>So far, this looks like a real winner. No more wincing when I accidentally empty trash on something I downloaded earlier.<br><br>One thing I would like to see though, is a little more control on "when" it updates. It looks like its set at 1 hour intervals. I imagine 3rd party apps that modify this will surface soon enough.<br><br>edit: Missed this in Mac Help. Not complete control but very helpful.<br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>To start a Time Machine backup at any time, press the Control key while you click the Time Machine icon in the Dock, and then choose Back Up Now from the menu that appears.<p><hr></blockquote><p><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Trog on 10/27/07 03:46 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
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Another thing I would like to see is backing up over a network.<br><br>I wish I could mount drives from my networked mac and designate those drive for use with Time Machine.<br><br><br>M i c h a e l (OFI)
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