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 68030

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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

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