Time Machine question....

Ifti

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I currently backup to external discs using SuperDuper for a bootable image, and then backing up my documents manually.

If I start using Tima Machine, I do not need such regular backups on an hourly basis etc. A weekly backup is fine for me and i dont mind doing this manually.

Can I simply enable Time Machine, do a backup, then disable it again - whenever I want to create a backup?
Will this cause any problems?
 

flynz4

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As mentioned... you can do as you wish. My general advice is that any human intervention (or required actions) for backup is generally a bad idea. You are generally best off by setting up an automatic process and let it run forever.

Backup programs alert you if any human intervention is required.

/Jim
 

Bear

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Can I simply enable Time Machine, do a backup, then disable it again - whenever I want to create a backup?
Will this cause any problems?
Actually you can leave Time Machine switched off (after the initial setu and backup) and just select "Back Up Now" from Time Machine in the menu bar when you want to do a backup.
 

Ifti

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As mentioned... you can do as you wish. My general advice is that any human intervention (or required actions) for backup is generally a bad idea. You are generally best off by setting up an automatic process and let it run forever.

Backup programs alert you if any human intervention is required.

/Jim
100% agree, but my home documents dont change so often to be honest, and this would be for a new MBA11 which would be used more for couch surfing etc, so doesnt need such a strict backup regime.

Actually you can leave Time Machine switched off (after the initial setu and backup) and just select "Back Up Now" from Time Machine in the menu bar when you want to do a backup.
This is the solution I was after! Perfect. Thanks!
 

Sym0

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100% agree, but my home documents dont change so often to be honest, and this would be for a new MBA11 which would be used more for couch surfing etc, so doesnt need such a strict backup regime.
Then Time Machine won't do a backup, if you don't change anything then TM just checks and sleeps for 60mins, takes a few secs. You won't even notice.