Cases when Time Machine can't provide one with backup data

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Mac2013orlater, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. Mac2013orlater macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2014
    Let's list all cases/situations when the Time Machine can't provide
    you with a backup of your data. Just to be sure my understanding
    of TM capabilities and its properties is fine. Only this way the decisions
    regarding using TM and eventually extending the backup plan with
    additional solution can be right.
    I kindly ask you to give a feedback if the summary is correct,
    or if any situation/case is missing on the list.

    * The free space of storage used for backups runs out.
    Well, this is a generic problem of limited storage space resources
    each backup solution will be affected by. So, it does not seem
    to be TM specific problem.
    * As soon as the original file/folder was removed intentionally,
    or unintentionally by any mistake or other there is no guarantee any
    more the TM will keep a backup of the item on the backup storage.
  2. PeterJP macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2012
    Leuven, Belgium
    When there's a problem. For example, I recently got a warning that, for reliability reasons, Time Machine should make a new backup. It turns out to be a frequent problem when backing up over Wi-Fi, even to official Apple Time Capsules.

    I won't detail it here, because it's OT in this thread. I'll make a new thread about it.
  3. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    The backup is on-site, so in the case of fire, earthquake, etc, all copies of your data could be destroyed.
  4. Mac2013orlater thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2014
    That's true! However, I kindly ask all participate to address in this discussion
    the only TM internal issues. It will help to keep the discussion smooth as possible.
    If TM external factors need also such discussion a dedicated thread can be started at any time. Thank you!

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