Why Can't I Make a New Folder?

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  1. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

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    I've got two HDDs in my PM. I want to make a new folder on the second one, called "Beta." The problem is the menus don't give me that option. I've got a bunch of stuff on Beta so I'd rather not do a reformat. This PM also acts as a server, so I'd prefer not to restart.

    I tried to move a folder to Beta from the desktop and I got a message saying that Beta cannot be modified. Cancel or authenticate.

    And once I do get this folder there without trouble, how can I have it backup another folder automatically?

    Thanks.
     

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  2. macunwired macrumors member

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    #2
    Did you check the permissions on the drive?

    Make sure you have write permissions on the drive.
     
  3. Shake 'n' Bake thread starter macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

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    I don't which is weird because this account is admin. I fixed that.

    Does anyone know how I can automatically backup a folder (just a single folder) automatically, say every hour or so in a TM fashion, i.e. backup only what was changed?

    Thanks.
     
  4. macunwired macrumors member

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  5. Shake 'n' Bake thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks, but SilverKeeper doesn't do what I want and I don't want to pay any money.

    I've got Tiger 10.4.11. Maybe an Automator thing could something similar...
     
  6. jzuena macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe set up a cron job to do what you want (from terminal)?

    crontab -e

    and add a line like:
    0 * * * * cp -ur /folder/to/copy /backup/folder/location

    Should back up the folder at zero minutes past every hour.
     
  7. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    What do the u and r arguments do? I don't see them listed in the man page.

    @OP
    An alternative to the above is the rsync command that is common for backups. It could be used in a cron job like described by jzuena.

    Code:
    rsync -a /folder/to/copy /backup/folder/location
     
  8. Shake 'n' Bake thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I solved the backup problem with an Automator app that gets the contents of the iTunes Music folder and copies that to Beta. I then used iCal to tell it to run each day at 10 PM. I also put it in ~/Library/Scripts so I can backup when ever I like with the AppleScript menubar item.
     
  9. Shake 'n' Bake thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for the crontab stuff, but I'd rather have something with a GUI for now. I might try that once I've proven my backup system.

    Thanks.
     

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