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Has Apple's new Time Machine saved you?

Asked by Spargett (5377points) December 29th, 2007

As everyone knows the much anticipated Time Machine feature was recently released in Apple’s new Leopard OS. With that said, I’m curious to see how many people’s arses it’s saved. As of now, It hasn’t done anything for me yet.

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vanguardian's avatar

idk. I had it on for a couple weeks and turned it off. It might be in my mind, but i use photoshop & final cut extensively on my mac and it seemed to slow it down. So I decided to go back to periodically backing up to external manually. I don’t want to jinx it but I’ve been using macs for 9 years, have three now & have never had a problem. Unless I didn’t know how to use it, I would have liked time machine to allow me to set the back up schedule.

Spargett's avatar

Unless you partitioned your Time Machine drive and was working on PSD files (or set that partition for Photoshop’s virtual memory) on the same drive while backing up data to it, there’s no reason it would have slowed you down.

You can schedule Time Machine to backup at any time/interval you specify. If you’re still manually backing up data, I highly recommend you try it again. You can also set which folders to exclude in your backups for redundant data such as system files, etc.

vanguardian's avatar

Yes sir. I was using the partition for exactly that…which wouldn’t be a problem i guess if I could schedule. It would back up every hour. I didn’t see preferences for that. Where is it? Cause its a pretty slick program. Thanks for the info.

bluemukaki's avatar

I use it to get rid of stuff i don’t think i’ll need on my desktop and if it comes up that I need it again in an hour or two, I just get it back. It hasn’t saved whole files or anything for me yet…then again I’ve been using a Mac for 8 years and have never had any crashes more than having to log out and back in again or restart so data loss has never been a huge issue for me… unless I delete it! (which I do all the time because I am a computer clean freak! ...and then have to get it again or download it).

Spargett's avatar


If you go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Time Machine you’ll be able to specify everything there.

For more info here’s Apple’s Mac 101: Using Time Machine in Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

klaas4's avatar

I think vanguardian means the backup-interval:

But back on topic: It saved me once or twice, but not much. That’s because I don’t have many projects at school now. I use it for private too, but I don’t lose much private stuff.

vanguardian's avatar

yes Klaas4, thats it, putting it back on tonight

thanks guys

richardhenry's avatar

Not saved me yet, but it’s a very useful versioning tool for my project work. No more keeping date organised folders — Time Machine does it for me.

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