TM is such a cool implementation of a backup program. Now if they give an option to make it bootable it would be perfect.<br><br>I don't even notice it running once an hour.<br><br>Very nice. <br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
It's doing its job mostly - I'm a bit puzzled though; it's supposed to backup automatically once an hour, but if I go away to do something else and my MBP goes to sleep before TM has a chance to do its next backup, TM will do nothing until the computer wakes up again - and then it'll jump the Next Backup time to the next hour ahead. So if something goes wrong in between the last backup before sleep and the next one after waking up, I lose any changes I made before it went to sleep. I think a Save Changes Before Sleep option (or Save Changes On Waking) would be a Good Thing.<br><br>- padmavyuha<br><br>[color:purple]A lopsided man runs best along the little side-hills of success<br>- Frank Moore Colby</font color=purple>
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I agree, the slickest program I hope I never have to use. I've had it running since November on a 465GB drive and still have 215GB available. This will likely give me four months of weekly backups as well as the hourly backups. When I first set it up I thought it should have a way to customize the timing of the backups. I did not want it doing an hourly back at an inopportune time slowing something down. But I have never noticed the hourly backups either. So I like the way they have it set up. If I see it running on a lab Mac I don't have to check how someone has set it up since there is only one way. Sometimes the lack of choice is a good thing. <br><br>With the introduction of Time Capsule I can see how this is going to play out now. Time Machine + Time Capsule + ZFS will make for an effortless backup system that anyone can figure out where to get the lost file. Making the backup pool bigger with ZFS will be simple and with Time Capsule it can all be done remotely.<br><br>I cannot trust an independent IS group to do my backups although it is their job. A project goes missing and it is my head not their's on the block. So I've always spent the time and trouble to do it in house. My most precious server has a complete mirror on a separate MacPro Tower which does nothing but mirror at midnight. A bit of a waste but I know that by swapping IP addresses I would be back in business in ten minutes. The Time Machine+Time Capsule+ZFS will be replacing that kind of mirror in the future so I do not have to go through the trouble of rebuilding the missing data which are loaded right after the midnight mirror.<br><br>And yes, rebooting from Time Machine will be key. I can imagine they are waiting for ZFS to shake out so they do not have to redo the booting part. The one thing ZFS cannot do right now is be a reliable boot drive. They cold bandaid this problem by making a thumb drive be the boot drive which then gains access to Time Machine but that's too messy and not the Apple way. Their solution will be so simple your PC switching sister would be able to figure it out. (Two of my sisters recently switched. Their enthusiasm for all things Apple is almost sickening. )<br><br><br><br><br>
Time Machine is indeed one of the best new features of Leopard that I have actually come to use -- and more than once! I use the download folder/stack, and occasionally purge it after placing everything essential in their right place, and already on two ocasions, I've deleated large download files/images before realising that i would need them again. Thanks to Time Machine, I can recover them much quicker tan having to re-download them all over again!<br><br><br>My Wii: 5721 8516 7937 9434 (PM me if you Wii)
#337253 - 01/18/0804:05 PMRe: Time Machine, good stuff.
I don't notice any performance hits on the Mac Pro when TM kicks in. I only notice the sound of my external drive waking up from sleep. I just realized that it's backing up both of my internal drives, which is pretty cool. I thought that it was only backing up my main boot drive, for some reason. <br><br>
It backs up your whole computer unless in Options you tell it not to do certain drives, or folders if they are on the boot drive. (Edit-Folders on any drive, not just the boot drive) The folders option can come in handy, for example if one processes a lot of video.<br><br>If you use Toast there is a Roxio Converted Items folder. It stores temporary video files when Toast processes video. If it's 3 or 4 gigs that's used to process a movie, then is just deleted by Toast, no need to back that up. If you happen to process a few videos in a day you could eat up a big chunk of backup space. Especially if encoding takes more than an hour, then it's backing up a huge temporary file more than once. On a side note Spotlight it automatically puts the Roxio Converted Items in the do not Index list.<br><br>Or with something like handbrake, if you're processing a video and it takes more than an hour to process it, you'll have a useless partial video file backed up.<br><br>With a gonzo backup drive none of that would probably matter, you would still have a good long time span backup. But to maximize the time span a few tweaks help.<br><br>I've heard it recommended that file locations for active graphics files can be excluded, but going back to an early revision of a project can come in very handy as you probably know.<br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Reboot on 01/18/08 09:38 PM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
I had about three minutes before I left for the beer hour seminar and I couldn't tell. In that, I have a 1.3 TB drive and it said I only had 250 GB on it. But if I went back in Time machine the space available would jump from 1.1 TB to 230GB. <br>So in answer to the question I don't know. I have been using the main drive to collect one TB of data but then dicing and deleting it. Just testing out scripts. I thought I had the drives allocated for that outside Time Machine but maybe some of the data poured over there. <br>I also saw the timemachine drive doing its spin thing everytime I looked at it. <br>I'll check it out on Monday. The seminar had ice cold heiniken and Bertucci's ham pizza. My favorites. <br><br><br><br><br><br>
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