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TimeCapsule Installed

I had been worried I wouldn’t have enough time before my radio club meeting to set up the new TimeCapsule 1TB that UPS brought today, but I did as the install was a dawdle!

I had a smidge of fiddling as I was replacing an existing Linksys, and I wanted to retain the basic network configuration.

All told a 20 minute ordeal for three Macs – the MacBook, a G5 iMac and a PowerPC MiniMac.

All three are doing backups as I type.

The youngsters are taken with the slick appearance.

Now to see how things are once the first round of TimeMachine backups are done.

73

Steve
K9ZW

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My Backup’s Back and I’m Going to be in Trouble

Yeah, a good sort of trouble.  

Over the summer I had Backup woes, with a Laptop Hard Disk bitting the dust, a iMate unit getting roughly unmounted when the power flickered, and some chaos when after restoring from TimeMachine I found my automatic backups were not working right.

Much is better now, but I’m in trouble wading through too many copies and too much backup.

TimeMachine has been restored to it’s excellent self after copying everything to a 1TB scratch-drive and erasing the old TimeMachine file structure.  Bit of a heart stopper there, as one wouldn’t usually want to nuke the backups, but the automatic sequency otherwise could not be restarted.  I’m wondering if the LapTop was in the midst of a TimeMachine backup when the internal Hard Disk perished?

To Make things flow all excess and unused “stuff” from the LapTop has also been moved to the 1TB Scratch Drive.

The iMate drive from my MiniMac responded well to a repair permissions session using OS-X’s “Disk Utility” and that Data is in the process of joining the other Mac’s data on the 1TB Scratch Drive.

I’ve also ported over a mass of Data from several old Window’s Boxes onto my Scratch 1TB drive.

SO now I have a huge mass of Data – the LapTop contents plus at least one full Laptop backup, the iMate drive, the MiniMac drive’s data, the data from the iMac and stored data from several older Window’s Machines.  All tucked away on the Scratch 1TB drive.

What a mess of stuff to work through!

I’ve ordered an Apple Time Capsule 1TB model intending to replace the present Linksys Wireles Router and various external TimeMachine Drives.  Once I have it up I’ll have to decide which of the External Drives I would want to retain, possibly as part of a TimeCapsule/TimeMachine cluster.  

And then the Troublesome Part – I have to go through the mass of Data on my Scratch 1TB Drive to select what is rubbish, what is redundant, what is superseded by newer data, what doesn’t interest me anymore and what needs to be archived.  

Sounds like a “Winter Project” if I can put it off until then.

73

Steve
K9ZW

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Complete System Restore – OS-X Timemachine Saves My Data, Again!

This is a screen I had hoped to NEVER see – the screen of doing a complete system restore on my MacBook after another Hitachi 160 GB Hard Drive died:

Completely Restoring my MacBook from an OS-X 10.5 TimeMachine Backup

Once the new drive was installed (5 minutes) it is only the matter of loading the OS-X 10.5 Disk, going just a few steps into an install until the upper menu bar shows, select “Utilities” and follow the prompts for a Restore from Backup.

The actual backup will be timed a few hours before the Macbook’s internal disk went out.  It looks like the actual full restore will take about 2 hours.

As the “Restore from Backup” option only offers Full Backup Images to restore from, I am hoping I can use the hourly incremental backups to later bring my system up to at most an hour off of when the failure occurred.

This is the fourth Hard Disk in this Macbook.  I’m going to write to Apple to see if they can offer a solution to what appears to be a non-enviornmental host machine problem.

It sure does seem that TimeMachine used with a decent external hard drive saved me from having the sort of significant data loss of the earlier disk failures.

73

Steve
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Previous TimeMachine Posts:

Deja Vu OS-X Style – Timemachine Revisited

First Use of TimeMachine – This Rules!

Going Back in Time – “Time Machine” on the Macbook

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Deja Vu OS-X Style – Timemachine Revisited

Apple has released a clever ad about the Timemachine feature of OS-X 10.5 Leopard.

(Click on the picture for the movie)

 

Apple Timemachine Ad

(Click on the picture for the movie)

I’ve written before about Timemachine, and again it is simply a fantastic integration of backup technology into a graphical user interface and software suite.

Going Back in Time – “Time Machine” on the Macbook

First Use of TimeMachine – This Rules!

73

Steve
K9ZW

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First Use of TimeMachine – This Rules!

Ok where did those 43 emails containing notes and article write-up outlines & stubs go to?

I know I wasn’t at my best when I was trying to move them to their own folder last night…. but it turns out I managed to close OS-X Mail without pasting them anywhere!

Essentially I Cut them and Dropped them in electronic ether…. bad move.

They disappeared.

Forty-Three articles in the making zapped by significant user error… or perhaps not?

Enter OS-X 10.5’s TimeMachine Backup system.

Painless to roll back to before I messed up.

Simple to select the messages needed, and Clicked to Restore them.

A bit of whirl and screens moving before the restored messages were restored to a special “Timemachine Restored Messages” folder.

Check out my previous posting on Timemachine for more details!

https://k9zw.wordpress.com/2007/10/30/time-machine-on-macbook/

73

Steve
K9ZW

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Going Back in Time – “Time Machine” on the Macbook

The OS-X Leopard Time Machine Browser

A quick jot about the impressions of the Time Machine feature of OS-X 10.5 Leopard.

Apple has given me the tools to dissect my computing. 

  1. OS-X “Spaces” gives me the Linux-Like multiple desktops open for one user.
  2. Bootcamp” gives me the OS-X or Windows choice.
  3. and “Time Machine” gives me the dimension of being able to work with a file in its various past incarnations.

So my computing options are like a 3-D matrix – easy navigation through which Operating System, which Work Space and which point in time Back & Forth through Time Machine.

And most importantly after blowing up a couple hard disks is the full backup that resides on my Time Machine serviced External Drive.

Pretty neat options and rather well implemented.

73

Steve
K9ZW

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