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MacNoobGuy
May 12, 2012, 03:02 AM
hey guys, i just ran Time Machine for the first time and it looks like everything worked ok. it completed the backup and will run another backup in 20 minutes. i was just wondering how i can check that my files are actually being backed up in case i had to restore the files. how would i go about restoring the files by the way?

thanks a lot

edit: i just noticed that my time machine drive is 4gb smaller than my mac internal HDD. is there any reason for this?



Macman45
May 12, 2012, 03:03 AM
What are you backing up to?

miles01110
May 12, 2012, 03:06 AM
Open up the Time Machine application...

MacNoobGuy
May 12, 2012, 03:57 AM
i just noticed that my time machine drive is 4gb smaller than my mac internal HDD. is there any reason for this?

MacNoobGuy
May 12, 2012, 04:57 AM
anyone?

Macman45
May 12, 2012, 04:58 AM
anyone?

AS per original....What are you baking put yo? USB? TC, Need to know before we can help.

iRooney
May 12, 2012, 05:38 AM
AS per original....What are you baking put yo? USB? TC, Need to know before we can help.

Baking put yo? Wtf?

MacNoobGuy
May 12, 2012, 05:53 AM
im backing up the internal Mac HDD to the external TC drive. the TC drive is about 4GB smaller.

anyone know why?

Mal
May 12, 2012, 06:22 AM
There are files that don't get backed up by Time Machine, caches and other temporary system files that don't need backups. Your backups will never be exactly the same size as the original.

jW

MacNoobGuy
May 12, 2012, 06:43 AM
ok thanks. so there's nothing for me to be worried about? time machine will basically take care of itself once i set it up?

Mal
May 12, 2012, 08:13 AM
ok thanks. so there's nothing for me to be worried about? time machine will basically take care of itself once i set it up?

For the most part. If you want to make sure, click the Time Machine icon in the menubar when it's not backing up, and see what it says the date of the last backup was. As long as it's the same day or recently enough, it's probably working fine. That will also indicate if there was a problem trying to back up.

What you don't want is for it to say that the last backup was two months ago, like mine does. Then again, I was messing with server-based Time Machine backups and I don't think I set something up quite right, so that's my fault and an unusual situation.

jW

MacNoobGuy
May 12, 2012, 04:52 PM
ok thanks. so Time Machine basically creates an image of everything on the drive? if the drive died and had to replace it, would i be able to restore all of my files?

Mal
May 12, 2012, 05:54 PM
ok thanks. so Time Machine basically creates an image of everything on the drive? if the drive died and had to replace it, would i be able to restore all of my files?

It's not an image, per se, but yes, if your drive died, you would be able to restore everything from Time Machine. You'd need to boot from an install disk or recovery partition to do it, though, so make sure you know how to do that if necessary.

jW

MacNoobGuy
May 12, 2012, 06:32 PM
It's not an image, per se, but yes, if your drive died, you would be able to restore everything from Time Machine. You'd need to boot from an install disk or recovery partition to do it, though, so make sure you know how to do that if necessary.

jW

ok, thanks a lot. is it possible to restore the time machine backup from an external drive that's connected via a PC that's networked?