When macOS Time Machine works, it does so swimmingly. But when it goes wrong, it can be hard to diagnose the problem. Worse, according to the developer, “Before Sierra brought the new unified log, it was easy to check for problems using Console. But from Sierra on, that has become increasingly complex, and most users would rather undergo root canal treatment than try to make any sense of what they now see in Console.”
“My solution is a free tool, The Time Machine Mechanic, or T2M2, which I built to analyse Time Machine entries automatically in [macOS] logs.”
And it now looks great in Mojave’s Dark Mode.
If you need to restore a file or folder from Time Machine but want to put the recovered item on an external drive, how do you go about it? In today’s Quick Tip, we’ll cover how to do that, so you don’t have to take up more space on your Mac than necessary!
APFS is still quite young, and both the market for it and our experience with it are evolving at a rapid pace. There’s plenty more to learn about it, and your two favorite geeks dig in a little today. But that’s not all! Some questions from the forums, some questions from the email, and more round out the show. Press play and enjoy!
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!
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!
These are two different methods and we’ll explain the differences, as well as which method is best for your needs.
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!
Time Machine is the built-in backup solution in macOS.
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.
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!
To make a long story short, everything should work fine for most users, with just a few “gotchas” to be aware of.
It’s time to dig back into NAS drives by answering Steve’s question: Which Synology DiskStation is right for me? There are a few more things to explore on that topic, too, and your two favorite geeks do it justice. Separate from that are a few questions about a variety of topics, some of which are Geek Challenges where you get to provide some answers! A hardware-focused Cool Stuff Found rounds out the topic list for the week. Press play and enjoy learning!
Melissa Holt shows you three ways to see how much storage space is available on your Time Capsule.
If you update your Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme and your network starts having issues, then just go and roll back the version you installed! This little-known feature will let you revert the firmware on your Apple network devices in case you run into trouble, and Melissa Holt’s gonna tell us how in today’s Quick Tip.
Don’t you hate when your Time Machine backups take forever? Even worse is when you begin getting notifications about your Time Machine drive running out of space. Jeff Butts is here to show you how you can slim down your backups, saving both time and precious hard drive space.
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)!
“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…
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!