Can someone explain to me in "NOOB" terms how Time Machine actually works?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by maf2k8, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. maf2k8 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2009
    Ok so i finally rid of my PC and i am loving my new iMac i7.

    Aside it, I have a 1.5 TB external HD sitting there ( with nothing on it )

    I was going to use the external for all my movies BUT i already have one for that purpose....

    Now when i formatted it, It asked do i want to use it for Time Machine.

    I know nothing about Macs at the moments ( Windows user all my life ) so i wasnt sure.

    When i did use Windows 7, I never used its built in restore point feature, I always turned it off. ( i am all about speed and having something running in the background that always writes to disk i thought would slow my machine down, so i disabled it )

    So i am thinking of putting the external to use for time machine but just curious how it works?

    Pretty much if my machine ever goes down, blows up or just crashes i assume once i get a new one or get it fixes i would use my external, and it would restore everything from Photos, Music, Apps, Contacts, etc, etc?

    Does it always write to the disc in the background thru-out the day?

    I like to delete a lot of stuff from time to time ( installed programs, not like them, delete them ) so does it update itself when i delete also?

    Does it work like Windows restore to where you set it to restore at a certain date?
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Yes, it would allow you to do that.

    It backs up your data once an hour.

    No, as one of the main selling points of Time Machine is being able to restore single files that you deleted accidentally.

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