HT1427: Mac Basics: Time Machine backs up your MacLearn about Mac Basics: Time Machine backs up your Mac
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2013 12:15 PM (in response to TaraSam)
I think you miss the point of having a backup. Backups should be done on a regular schedule so they will always be as current as needed.
For Time Machine connect the backup drive. Open Time Machine preferences. Select the drive to be used for the backups. The Options butiton will let you exclude drives, folders, and/or files from the backup. Turn Time Machine on using the large slide switch gadget. From there on it's automatic.
If you prefer to have backups occur less often than once per hour then download TimeMachineEditor 3.0.2 and use it to configure your own schedule times.
Be sure you only use the Time Machine backup drive for backups. If you need external storage use a different drive.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 23, 2013 12:36 PM (in response to Kappy)
Thank you for the advice to leave the exclusive backup drive plugged in all the time; I will. The key answer, however, was using System Preferences to initiate the backup on command.