Time Machine Question

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by csb89, May 22, 2010.

  1. csb89 macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2010
    Aberdeen, UK
    Firstly, this is my first post on this forum - so Hello to all!

    I've recently chose to back-up all my files, as I got a 'volume structure' warning when I ran techtools deluxe (when I find my OS disk I'll do a disk-repair)...

    Anyway, I've just got a few questions on how Time Machine is meant to work - as I'm not convinced. (forgive me for being potentially ignorant!)

    After buying an external HD, I proceeded to start a Time Machine backup - this took a whole day to make the initial backup, which I have no problem with. I was under the impression that it used the initial backup as a base, then proceeded to backup additional files that you downloaded/created after that on an hourly basis.

    I'm slightly confused, however, as when I create/download a new file - and click back up now - it doesn't seem to back it up... I.e. it creates a new entry in time machine, but when I actually go into the external HD via Finder, it just has a shortcut back the initial backup (hence the new file isn't backed up?)

    Has anyone got any light on this issue?

    Sorry if I'm missing something blatantly obvious - I'm rather new to this backing up thing!

    Many Thanks,

  2. csb89 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2010
    Aberdeen, UK
    Hey Folks,

    I think something must have been wrong - I've just restarted my machine and everything seems to be in order now. When it backs up I can actually see things happening.

    Sorry for potentially wasting your time!


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