Time Machine: How to Force a Backup to a Specific Disk

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you’re using Time Machine to back up to multiple drives, then sometimes you might need to force a backup to one disk or another (instead of relying on the software’s built-in schedule). In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll tell you how to do that!

TMO WWDC 2018 Coverage Sponsor: Carbon Copy Cloner

· Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

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Please join me in thanking Bombich Software, makers of the fantastic Carbon Copy Cloner, for helping to sponsor our WWDC 2018 coverage. It’s not just covering WWDC that Bombich cares about, it’s covering your data and ensuring that you not only have a backup, but that you can manage it easily and effectively. Carbon Copy Cloner is right there for you!

How to Restore from a Time Machine Snapshot

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Time Machine now saves what are called local snapshots on your Mac’s internal drive; these can be used to restore files when your backup drive isn’t available or even to roll back your entire system. In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll talk about how to take advantage of them!

How to Restore Notes from a Time Machine Backup

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Lost some notes out of the Mac’s default Notes app? Never fear—as long as you have a backup! In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll go over how to recover your database from Time Machine, but there are a lot of caveats. A lot. Pay attention to the warnings before you get started!

The iPad Paradox: Why it Can't Really Teach Kids to Code

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

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Apple’s “Field Trip” education event produced a flood of excellent articles about Apple’s standing in the education market. Here are four of the best. And one hits a hot button.

Three Tips on Migrating to a New Mac

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Got a new Mac? Fun! Well, unless you have trouble moving your files to it, that is. In today’s Quick Tip, Melissa Holt will give us some tricks for making sure migrations go smoothly and some ideas for what to do if all else fails.

macOS: How to Remove a Time Machine Backup Disk

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

If you’re getting warnings that you haven’t backed up because of an external drive that you no longer use, then this tip’s gonna make your life less annoying. We’ll tell you how to remove a Time Machine drive from your Mac’s preferences, which’ll stop those notifications. Whew!

Backups, APFS, High Sierra, and You – Mac Geek Gab 670

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Cool Stuff Found starts the episode, then it’s on to a few things related to backups, including how High Sierra’s APFS will affect you. Listener tips and some other, unrelated questions are answered, and then there’s a nice, juicy segment on meshifying your home without buying mesh for all of you, too. Press play and enjoy!

macOS High Sierra Thoughts and Geek Challenges – Mac Geek Gab 669

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Do you have an app that crashes on save? Do you fully understand how to control the macOS firewall? Your two favorite geeks will help you with this and a lot more. Press play for this info-and-action-packed episode!

Backups vs. iCloud vs. Time Machine – Mac Geek Gab 668

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Ever wonder how to test an external battery? Ever want to enforce parental controls from afar? Ever wonder just how different Time Machine and iCloud are from normal backups? Well, your two favorite geeks discuss all this and a LOT more in today’s episode. Press play and enjoy!

The Boys of Summer are Back in Town – Mac Geek Gab 661

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Quick Tips to start (no hints!), and then it’s time for some new Mac advice, which is a fitting question to get on the heels of Apple’s WWDC 2017 announcements. Then it’s time to discuss backups, and how much you should worry (hint: a LOT… that’s the point of backing up!). Add in some Wi-Fi chaos and that’s the foundation of a good Mac Geek Gab episode.

Speeding Up a Sluggish Mac and Cool Stuff Found – Mac Geek Gab 641

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Cool Stuff Found today contains lots of things you suggested after listening to recent shows, including tools to help your Mac sleep, help you manage your keyboard shortcuts and macros, privately sync your notes, auto-file your Mail, and free backup storage! Then its on to sharing your tips and answering your questions. Want to learn how to factory reset your AirPods, enable band-steering on your router, or have Siri search Google instead of Bing? Let’s go!

TMO CES 2017 Coverage Sponsor: iMazing

· Dave Hamilton · Weekly Sponsorship

Our thanks to DigiDNA, makers of iMazing, for being a sponsor of TMO’s CES 2017 coverage this year. Bringing the team to Las Vegas to dig in and cull through all the noise to bring you targeted coverage is no small task. It takes a lot of planning, effort and, yes, money. DigiDNA sees the value in this and joined as a sponsor this year to help make sure we had the team in place to bring you the very best CES coverage for you, our Apple-focused audience. But there’s more, iMazing is one of those tools that should just come with every iPhone or iPad to be installed on your Mac or Windows machine. It takes over where iTunes leaves you hanging and truly lets you manage your iOS device with the simplicity and granularity that you need. Read more, including how to restore individual app data from your iOS backups!

macOS: Turning Off Time Machine Space Notifications

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

Today’s Quick Tip is about those pop-ups that you’ll get to notify you that your Time Machine backup disk is full. Sometimes you just want your software to do what it’s supposed to without your input, right? So we’ll tell you how to turn those off (and give you a few other Time Machine pointers)!

Backups on a Budget

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

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This week only! Dr. Mac’s tips for backing up your hard disk without breaking the bank!

 

Resolve to Back Up Your Mac in 2017

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

To add a backup disk (or a second disk), click Select Disk… in the Time Machine System Preferences pane.

“There are only two kinds of Mac users: Those who have lost data, and those who will.” Dr. Mac said it in his first book, Dr. Macintosh, in 1989 and has been saying it ever since… It’s sad that so many users still don’t start backing up until after they’ve lost irreplaceable files. What’s even sadder is that in 2016 (as in all previous years), one of the most common issues reported by friends and readers was a crashed hard or solid-state drive. This week, Dr. Mac explains how to prevent heartbreak when (not “if”) your drive dies…

macOS: Archiving a Time Capsule

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is about making a backup…of your backup. So if you’re super-paranoid about your file archives, you can make sure that your Time Capsule’s historical data is saved in multiple locations. Hey, where backups are concerned, we think paranoia is good, so come read all about it!