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Turn Off File Locking in OS X Lion

Jan 24, 2012 - 12 Comments
Turn off file locking in OS X Lion

Mac OS X Lion introduced automatic file locking for any file that hasn’t been edited recently. You’ll have noticed this when you try and open an older file and make changes to it, a dialog box asks to duplicate the file or to manually unlock it. This is fine for files that you don’t want … Read More

Stop Spotlight from Indexing Time Machine Backup Volumes & External Drives

Jan 24, 2012 - 7 Comments
Stop Spotlight from Indexing Time Machine Drives

The default behavior for Spotlight is to start indexing any drive as soon as it’s connected to a Mac, a task that can take a very long time with larger volumes. The problem is that for larger external backup drives and Time Machine volumes, you don’t necessarily want it indexed by Spotlight. This is particularly … Read More

Compare Time Machine Backups and List All Changes Between Backups

Jan 21, 2012 - 4 Comments
tmutil compare output

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion includes a great tool called tmutil that lets you interact with with Time Machine from the command line. It’s a powerful utility that has a ton of options and we’ve used it before to disable local snapshots, but for the purposes here we are going to use it to compare … Read More

Disable Time Machine Local Backups in Mac OS X Lion

Sep 28, 2011 - 35 Comments
Time Machine local backups

Time Machine in Mac OS X Lion initiates a sometimes useful, sometimes not feature: local backups. Called snapshots, this seems to be kicked off when your primary Mac is a laptop and the Time Machine backup is an external drive, so OS X Lion compensates for the potentially unavailable external disk by keeping an additional … Read More

Backup Time Machine to Non-Native Drives & Network Attached Storage

Feb 28, 2011 - 5 Comments

Using the command line, you can enable a hidden feature in Time Machine that allows you to backup your Mac to a non-native Networked Attached Storage device or even Windows PC. Warning: this is an unsupported feature in Mac OS X and Time Machine, relying on this method to backup your data could be risky. … Read More

Use Time Machine to backup to a networked Windows or Linux drive

Nov 10, 2010 - 3 Comments
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Time Machine is a very convenient backup solution for Mac users, but typically requires an external drive to backup to. If you’ve got a network with an extra Windows or Linux PC hanging around with tons of disk space, you can get Time Machine to backup to that computers excess disk space instead of an … Read More

How to do Manual Backups with Time Machine for Mac

Jul 21, 2010 - 16 Comments
Start a back up with Time Machine from the menu bar in Mac OS X

Letting Time Machine run on a routine backup schedule is important for all Macs, but there also times where you’ll want to initiate a backup yourself, like before installing system updates or major OS X upgrades. If you find yourself needing to initiate a manual Time Machine backup, you’ll be happy to know it is … Read More

Time Machine Backup Delayed? Here’s Why

Feb 25, 2010 - 2 Comments

If you haven’t backed up with Time Machine in a while, the latest backup status will change to ‘Delayed’ and the menubar icon will have an exclamation mark in it reminding you to backup soon. There can be a variety of reasons the backups become delayed, and if you’re curious why this happens here are … Read More

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