Questions regarding the use of time machine and its capabilities.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by AlexQQQ, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. AlexQQQ macrumors member

    May 10, 2010
    Can I restore my mac to a previous set point (before I accidentally deleted application files and such) similar to safe mode restore in windows?

    Related question: Can I use time-machine without having an external hard drive. As in I would like to use time-machine features on my notebook so i can restore when I accidentally delete files or freezes.

    Can I use the time machine feature for just backing up data without the constant backup (just want to backup my computer once and maybe once a month).

    Can I use a toshiba external hard drive hooked up to a cisco router and still use time machine wirelessly or do they all need to be apple products?

    Some of the above questions are downright rudimentary I'm sure but please indulge me, as I am unsure of how to proceed. Thank you.

  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    Yes and no. You can restore files manually, or you can reinstall the OS based on a particular Time Machine backup. Mac OS X doesn't have an analogue to Windows' System Restore.

    No. That sorta defeats the purpose of having a backup. If you need a file, don't delete it. I have never once used Time Machine to restore a deleted file.

    Yes. I only turn on my Time Machine drive every few days to update my backup. It updates whenever the drive is connected.

    Yes you can.
  3. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    Yes. However, since you say you worry about accidentally deleting a file, are you really willing to go back a whole month? Unless you hardly use your computer that is not much of a backup. I like the hourly backups when I am working on an involved project. If you do not need that, think about daily backups.
  4. AlexQQQ thread starter macrumors member

    May 10, 2010

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