Excerpt: Picking a hard drive
Posted 05 February 2008 - 05:10 AM
Posted 05 February 2008 - 06:07 AM
After reading this article, and your post I looked at my Time Machine hard drive. Wow! What happened? Talk about the incredible shrinking hard drive.
I have a Elgato EyeTV 200. It never occurred to me that Time Machine was not only backing up my eMail, Documents, System Files, but everything else... including Videos. Episodes of Storm Hawks I recorded a week ago. An Episode of House recored a month ago. All still there; just waiting to be clicked on and brought to todays desktop to be re-viewed.
Until now I did not know you could pick and choose which folders you could back up. Now the Movies folder has been taken off that list.
No more episodes of Sesame Street just sitting there taking up valuable hard drive real estate.
Posted 05 February 2008 - 06:49 AM
Posted 05 February 2008 - 07:11 AM
Here's an easy question -- how do I restore my entire hard drive with Time Machine if my working drive fails? Oops. It's not easy.
An easy backup solution was Backup 1.0. It allowed me to select email, Documents, Preferences, Bookmarks, etc., and all it did was mirrored my drive every time it backed up. The size of the backup was always the size of my main drive.
Posted 05 February 2008 - 10:52 AM
Actually, it is an easy two-step process. 1) install a fresh copy of 10.5 2) Migrate all your data and settings, telling it to use the time machine backup as the source. About the only way you could get any easier than that is by skipping step one (such as you can with a SuperDuper backup), but even so it's not like step one is at all difficult.
That said, time machine is definitely not for everyone. If you don't care about being able to recover that e-mail you deleted two days ago when you realize that you forgot to copy down the phone number from it, or being able to restore your term paper that Word just mangled, and all you really need a backup for is disaster recovery, then you probably would be more interested in something like SuperDuper (recently updated for 10.5) which just keeps a snapshot of your drive at the last point you backed up. With such a program, you can skip step one and just go to step two, at the expense of the hourly, "versioned" backup time machine provides. If you run SuperDuper fairly often, you might not even loose more than half a day or so of work, as opposed to Time machine, where you will never lose more than an hours work (assuming you save frequently), and probably not even that much. Personally, I think having to install a fresh copy of the OS before restoring my backup and needing a larger drive to store it is a VERY small price to pay for the ease of use, convenience, and muti-version security that Time Machine provides. But that's just me.
Posted 05 February 2008 - 11:54 AM
No, I never accidentally delete an email and then go to the trash and empty it and then think, "Oh no, I deleted my email!" Having to delete it twice pretty much makes it something I've never ever done in 25 years of computing. ;)
It's my opinion that Time Machine isn't convenient. For one thing, it's a lot easier for me to tell you what I want backed up versus having to tell Time Machine what I don't want to have backed up. Backup 1.0 was easy in this regard. Time Machine is not.
I don't need 23 versions of my 1 gig ClientMovie.MOV file being created. I just want the latest one. And if you are going to tell me that I can tell Time Machine to not backup Folder X, that's great, until I create a new folder. Then I need to go back in and tell it not to back up that one too. But I do want one backup, just not multiple copies of the same file.
Having Time Machine running backups in the background while I'm working, and backing up everything I open and edit since the last time it performed a backup, is damn annoying and unnecessary for me and a waste of CPU cycles and hard drive space.
There are many backup applications out for OS X that make it easy, and mirror your drive every night automatically. I just tell it once, "Back up my User folder and this folder over on this other drive every night at 10 PM to this hard drive." That's it. If my main drive crashes, I can boot from my second drive because it already has OS X on it and access the files right then.
Posted 05 February 2008 - 02:07 PM
Let's look at that situation with Time Machine. If I had wanted to use the computer that week, I would have had to buy another external drive, install OS X, and restore. When the drive was replaced, I would have had to install OS X and restore again.
Posted 05 February 2008 - 09:23 PM
To the other guy it's better for most people to tell Time Machine what not to backup because it's better to be safe than sorry by default.
Also I'm sure Time Machine will eventually get extra options to better accommodate different users.
Posted 05 February 2008 - 10:53 PM
That being said, while Time Machine isn't the end-all be-all of backups, as a small business IT consultant, I can tell you that I have an office of 5 people that is now backing up because of Time Machine (and a hard drive crash that showed them the necessity) solely because of the ease of Time Machine.
Time Machine is an EXCELLENT solution for the 85-90% of people that weren't backing up before because at least it gets them some kind of backup.
Using it on a 500GB external, and Super-Duper on a now defunct 5th Gen iPod (because the battery is dead and I have an iPhone) is the perfect solution for me. But I agree, give me more options and more control if I want it!
Posted 06 February 2008 - 06:05 AM
This definitely resolves my issue with "How do I restore my drive with Time Machine" question. While I don't think it's easy to discover this feature, it seems, on the surface, to be an easy method.
It doesn't resolve my issue with the hard drive filling up rapidly with audio and video files being duplicated every time I edit them.
I don't buy the "better safe than sorry" argument at all in regards to Time Machine's behavior of needing to be told what not to backup versus what to backup. It's simply stupid to have to tell it not to back up hundreds of other folders when all I want is to back up a single project folder. That aspect of Time Machine is not easy. It's a hassle, which is what WIndows is and is why I don't use Windows.
Posted 07 February 2008 - 06:44 AM
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