Currently Being ModeratedMay 31, 2011 1:53 PM (in response to dirkr)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 1, 2011 1:01 PM (in response to dirkr)
Not really my area of expertise. Old, deleted files are not removed from the backup immediately and can remain for up to a month. However, new files should be backed up unless they are certain system files that are specifically excluded by TM automatically - they are specified in one of TM's preference files but are not under user control.
The TM expert around here is Pondini. You might search for his handle or send him an email via his website where you found the link I provided.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 1, 2011 1:33 PM (in response to Kappy)
The missing files are definitiely NOT excluded by any documented means. They occur in directories that have other files that have been backed up with the same settings. They do not have extended attributes.
Deleted files show up in NEW backups! Now that is really strange. I think it is a consequence of the hard linking of directories in the backup. If fseventsd does not detect a deletion in a directory, the corresponding hard link in the backup is not changed, and so the corresponding directory in the NEW backup still lists the deleted file.
By the way, I verified my backup disk with disk utility: no problems.
There something rotten underneath, and it has not been diagnosed as far as I can see. The only way for me to back up my new photos, music, mail, documents and programs in Time Machine, is to erase the back-up disk and start from scratch. And the only way to be sure that I have a complete backup, is to do this EVERY NIGHT!
I have issued a feedback message to Apple about this.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 1, 2011 3:34 PM (in response to dirkr)
My suggestion: Use a different backup utility rather than TM. Here are some good choices:
Backup Software Recommendations
Currently Being ModeratedJun 15, 2011 11:57 AM (in response to Kappy)
This is what I did: gave up on Time Machine, started using Silver Keeper.
It works. It is not optimised like Time Machine, it has to scan all the files all the time. It is not automatic, although it can be scheduled in a primitive way.
But: it is still reasonably quick, there is no magic behind the screens, the logs reveal everything, watching the process revealed some spurious large files in the back up, e.g. /private/var/vm (the shadowed RAM for sleep of 4 GB). It is free.
I trust it, but I am not going to do a test restore right now.
Thanks Kappy for information.
It is a pity that the root cause of the TM failure is still in the dark.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 17, 2011 1:12 AM (in response to Pondini)
Seen that. Done that. Restarting has no effect. Mentioning it to Apple support did not generate any reaction.
When I upgrade to Lion, I will make a fresh start with everything, including Time Machine.