Time Machine

Time machine is an in-built utility developed by Apple Inc. It was first included with the Mac 10.5 “Leopard” and now, it is available with all subsequent releases of Mac OS X. The software is designed to work with the Time Capsule, internal or other external drives.

Time Machine is a very simple tool to use on your Mac. It can backup everything on your computer like music, photos, documents, applications, e-mails, applications, preferences, accounts and system files etc. It not only keeps an extra copy of every file, remembers all the updating done to your Mac machine data on that day, so that you can revisit your Mac restore them as it was in the past.

Salient Features of Time Machine:

Time Machine can backup to a non-booting hard drive or server (including Time Capsule). The My Book Live drive will store all these backups, so that it can be used to restore your data when your hard drive or operating system crashes, or you lose a file.

Time Machine allows incremental backups, like hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups of files until your backup drive is full. It is also integrated with the three major tools of your Mac OS X machines they are:

  • Finder – Provides timeline to move through the history of the disk
  • Spotlight – Helps to perform searches on documents in the past,
  • iPhoto – Aids to locate the  deleted photos, among others

Time Machine works within the iWork, iLife, and other compatible programs, that help to restore the individual objects like photos, calendar events, contacts etc. without leaving any application. In cases of Mac OS X Lion the time Machine allows you to encrypt the Time Machine backup drive using FileVault 2. For OS X Mountain Lion, it provides advanced features like:

  • AirPort Time Capsule and network backup encryption using FileVault 2.
  • Allows the selection of multiple backup destinations, which the Time Machine will alternate through for backup cycles

Requirements for backup drives:

Time Machine places strict requirements on the storage medium used for backup. The only supported configurations are:

  • A non-booting hard drive or partition connected to the computer, either through USB or Firewire, and that are formatted with journalled HFS+ file system
  • A folder on a journalled HFS+ file system shared by another Mac on the same network running at least Leopard.
  • A drive that is shared by an Apple Time Capsule present on the same network

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