Is it advisable to leave the Mac alone during backup?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by hajime, May 15, 2012.

  1. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hello. I read that one could continue to use the Mac during backup using Super Duper, Time Machine, etc. Is this a good idea? I am concerned that doing so would mess up the backup. Isn't it better to leave the machine alone during backup? Thanks.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    I use CarbonCopyCloner to backup my system drives and have set it to do it daily, and I continue to use my Mac while it backs up in the background (sometimes 130 KB, sometimes 700 MB, sometime 4.3 GB).
  3. Edge100 macrumors 68000

    May 14, 2002
    Where am I???
    My SuperDuper backup runs every day at 9:30AM, and I'm definitely using the computer during that time. No issues.

    I also have Time Machine running all day, and again no issues.
  4. lamboman macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2011
    Absolutely fine to continue using it. It'll simply backup changes made next time.
  5. AppleMacFinder macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2009
    If you don't modify the files being copied, it is fine.

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