TimeMachine question

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jgordon9, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. jgordon9 macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2014
    Time Machine backs up way more often than I need, and it usually interferes with my work. Control over the preferences is very limited. Is there a way to change how often it backs up?
  2. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    No there is not. But I use an app called iScheduleTimeMachine for doing just that. Only $1.99 in the app store and it will do exactly what you need. I have been using it since it came out and it works great. Check it out.
  3. jbarley, Dec 8, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2014

    jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    TimeMachineEditor does the job nicely, and it's free.
    the link above is for version 2.5.3, the last version to support PPC Leopard.
    A newer version for mountain lion and up can be found here.
  4. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

    Mr. Buzzcut

    Jul 25, 2011
    Thanks for the links. This is one of the dumbest things about OS X IMO. The least they could do is limit backups to idle time so they aren't so disruptive.
  5. qcmacmini macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2014
    The Netherlands
    I don't mind it doing it's thing every hour in the background, I think it's a great feature.

    The amount of system overhead is surely minimal.
  6. jgordon9 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2014
    It's not just the overhead: my 1TB backup drive is full already, and I would like to slow down the loss of older stuff being overwritten. Once-a-day backup is quite sufficient for my purposes.

    Thanks for your replies. Very helpful.
  7. garylovesbeer macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2011
    Another option, not free, is Carbon Copy Cloner.

    Bootable backup with granular control of how often backups are made and lots of features not offered by TM.

    Have been using it for years and it has saved my bacon many times...
  8. scottsjack macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
    Big time CCC fan here, just made Yosemite clones this morning for both my MBP and mini. I feel more comfortable having bootable clones sitting in the fire safe.
  9. garylovesbeer macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2011
    My wife's iMac got lobotomised by lightning recently. Grabbed her CCC backup, plugged it into the old Mac Mini we had, 2009 server if I recall, and continued working until insurance replaced the iMac.

    Another great use is to back up to a NAS. You can then use the backup to clone a disk if necessary. Had to do that in the past as well...
  10. JamesPDX Suspended


    Aug 26, 2014
    This. Because TM is not so trustworthy and is "easily corrupted without notification" on an NAS.
  11. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Here's yet one more recommendation for CarbonCopyCloner (or SuperDuper) instead of Time Machine.

    A cloned backup will give you one advantage a TM backup simply -cannot- give you -- a fully bootable backup drive. By "fully bootable", I mean that you can connect it, boot to it, and have everything available to you, ready to go to work -- all your applications, all your data.

    Immediately, and without a lengthly "restoration process".
    (Aside: of course, you will still need to diagnose the problem with your internal drive and repair or replace it, but you can still have a fully functional Mac while such operations are underway).

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