I need Time Machine to back up NOW

cbrain

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Hi,

Time machine is due to start it's backup at 8.30 PM, but I can't leave the computer on overnight and the backup will take to long.

How can I get Time Machine to Backup now?

Thanks.
 

ivnj

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Dec 8, 2006
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What's wrong with leaving it on overnight? I leave mine on all the time.

ivnj
 

cbrain

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Because my external HD makes allot of noise and my computer is in my bedroom.

It would also use to much power to have it on overnight.
 

cbrain

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Thanks mate, that's great!

I was starting to think it was a bit strange that Apple would not let you decide the backup time. :rolleyes:
 

drlunanerd

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Feb 14, 2004
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Click and hold on the Time Machine icon in the doc - select "Back Up Now" and your done:)
Brilliant, thanks for that tip! Why the hell isn't that in Apple's help for Time Machine - I was looking for this last night :rolleyes:

Edit - buried away in a dark corner of Time Machine help:

"Pausing and resuming a Time Machine backup
You can pause a Time Machine backup.

To pause a backup:

Press the Control key while you click the Time Machine icon in the Dock, and then choose Stop Backing Up from the menu that appears.

To resume backing up, press the Control key while you click the Time Machine icon in the Dock, and then choose Back Up Now from the menu."
 

SpiceLMF

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Oct 28, 2007
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Ah! This is some great info to know! Especially the ability to stop a backup. My external hard drive has been acting a bit wonky when transferring large amounts of files, so until I can replace it I can do the backup in shorter bursts.

Plus it's taking forever for me so it's nice to now I can stop and disconnect my external if I need to.
 

jakeopolis

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Oct 27, 2007
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so i know i can control-click the dock icon to back up now, but what if i don't keep time machine in the dock? control-clicking the icon in my apps folder does nothing. any ideas?
 

jbardi

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It would also use to much power to have it on overnight.
How much does the UK charge for electricity? I have never turned a computer off over night since my first hard drive based computer, which was a Commodore Amiga 500 with a 750MB Hard drive.
 

macinfojunkie

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How much does the UK charge for electricity? I have never turned a computer off over night since my first hard drive based computer, which was a Commodore Amiga 500 with a 750MB Hard drive.
Maybe it is not always about the $/c. Ever heard of this?
 

/dev/toaster

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Feb 23, 2006
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Sweet! Nice tip! I was trying to find a way to do this for a while, I never thought to check the timemachine icon it self. Its too hidden, they need to make it more visible.
 
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