MGG 215: Meaty, Beaty, Big Mac Files

The topics of this week's episode are wide-ranging, including how to deal with the large files created by Mac OS X's unix underpinnings, preparing a bit for Snow Leopard, digging deeper into Time Machine, and John, Dave and Michael all installed SSD drives over the weekend. Subscribe today for free and never miss another episode!

MGG 215: Meaty, Beaty, Big Mac Files

Aug. 19, 2009 — Download: MP3 Version (AAC Version Coming Soon)


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Hi, I am looking for links to the programs you mentioned that work with TimeMachine.

I had problems after a minor update in 10.5.x and wanted to go back the the pre-update state and was told by apple that I would have to do a archive and install and update to the point that I wanted… time machine wouldn’t let me revert back to the previous level of 10.5.  From your program, there may now be a way after booting from the dvd and using TimeMachine to revert back to a previous iteration.

Thanks for all I learn from your podcast.




I backed up from Time Machine before and the instructions I found before worked, thought it is not an intuitive process.

1. Choose your language.
2. At the main screen, choose Disk Utility from the Utilities pull-down menu.
3. Select the drive itself and click on Partition.
4. In the Partition menu, select 1 Partition and Options… where you choose GUID Partition Table. Click OK then Apply, then say “yes” to whatever warning comes up.
5. Once you have reformatted the drive, close the Disk Utility window.
6. Do Not Go Forward. Instead, when you see the main Welcome screen, click the Back button, which takes you to the language select page. It sounds silly but DO IT. This shakes the system into action.
7. Once you have reselected your language and are back on the Welcome screen, click Utilities and select Restore System From Backup…
8. The process should go smoothly from that point on. You simply select appropriate disks to copy your chosen backup data from your Time Machine drive to the new internal drive, as shown in the following sequence:


Oh no, you guys misspelled Pilot Pete’s name when advertising his MBP above. Feel free to remove this comment. grin

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