Difference between Time Machine and Backup

Discussion in 'macOS' started by erx11, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. erx11 macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2007
    Do I need to do both and what is the difference, really? Understand that Time Machine is hourly and Backup is setup or manually run. I have one external, and Leopard told me I needed to reformat to support Time Machine. Did that, all good, but now when Backup runs, it doesn't see the external (whose icon has now changed to green and says "Time Machine Backups". Also wondering if my MBP's hard drive dies, can I boot from the external with backed up files from Time Machine and Backup? Assume I also need the Leopard disc for that. Sorry if this question is posted somewhere else, though I did search for it for some time with no luck. Thanks!
  2. NJPitcher macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2006
    Time machine lets you search and access backed up files and programs that have changed, without having to restore it.
  3. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
    I recommend time machine, being sure to exclude your VM file if you use parallels or fusion, and possibly your entourage database, if you use entourage, and then using something like SuperDuper to create a bootable backup, say, once or twice a month.
  4. erx11 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2007
    Great. Thank you both for that info. So I guess I'll just ditch Backup all together. Much appreciated.

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