Time Machine (2nd version)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by oo7ml, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. oo7ml macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2010
    Hi, i currently have my Time Machine to backup to an external hard drive... i have a few questions which i hope someone can help me with:

    01 - i see that there are several versioned backups on my external drive... when i open the actual Time Machine app, it allows me to scroll through versions... am i right in saying these are the versions on the mac itself and not the external hard drive...
    a - what versions are copied over to the external hard drive OR what is the difference between what you see in the Time Machine app and the actual files on the external drive
    b - can i go into the Time Machine, in a specific folder and go back 3 hours and retrieve a file that is now deleted and copy it... if so do i just CMD + C and then come out of Time Machine and past the file on my desktop

    02 - is it possible to have 2 backups... as in backup the same mac multiple times onto multiple external hard drives

    03 - is it possible to revert your whole system back to a certain date (let's say 2 days ago) and then shut down your computer and the next time you start it, it would be as if you were turning it on from 2 days ago... if so how is this done, thanks in advance for your help
  2. ArchiMark macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Try opening up Time Machine app with your external drive off. You'll still see the same thing. So, these are some sort of snapshots of your Mac on different dates...not the actual backups...just there so you can choose which snapshot to restore...ie, at what point in time...

    see above....

    Not exactly, but you can restore individual files....here's a good overview of Time Machine:


    Not 100% sure, but probably OK....just select another drive to back up to...

    Yes, that's what happen if you restore your Mac as described up above in 01...
  3. andyboutte macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2009

    I would check out autotm. It is completely command line based so you will need to be comfortable with Terminal to set it up.
  4. oo7ml thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2010
    Cool, thanks for your help...

    I will check out your links later, thanks again...

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