timed TM backup

Discussion in 'macOS' started by 4now, Jul 29, 2008.

  1. 4now macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2007
    Is there a way to set Time machine to backup only once - at a specific time
  2. soberbrain macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2008
    Closest thing I've seen is to customize from 1 hour to 12 hour between backups.

  3. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Yes, TM can backup at any interval you want, so long as what you want is a one hour interval.

    But seriously what's the point of a longer backup interval? It does not take up more space as only the files that changed get copied and if none changed, none are copied. Space gets recovered as the disk filles by delelting old hourly backups and old daily backups.
  4. Halcyon macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2006
    Two things:

    1.- TimeMachineScheduler totally messed up my backups. It wouldn't backup and when I uninstalled it TimeMachine wouldn't recognize the HD where the backup's where being performed. After more than two hours of fiddling around with settings, options and restarts, I managed to get it to work again with TimeMachine. Maybe it's just not compatible with 10.5.4.

    2.- Yes, I think it would be nice to be able to backup at user setting intervals instead of the fixed one hour ones. One of my machines wakes up automatically and back's up, while the other won't wake up to back up and will backup every time I wake it up (providing it has been asleep for more than an hour). Small issue, but if you add to that the backup's fail once in a while and once failed it won't backup again till a manual intervention from my part...it's easy to see why it would be nice to set longer backup time intervals.

    My 2 cents.
  5. 4now thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2007
    i'm asking because Retrospect is a nightmare

    As if it wasn't already difficult to configure - it has also suddenly stopped - without reason

    And what good is a backup system if it that challenging

    also - my client is working with large photos - and regular backups would slow down their system ( I assume )

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