Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2013 3:34 PM (in response to LeesaMarie)
1st Q: Is me turning it on temporarily not backing it up? ... 2nd Q: How do i delete the files i don't need backed up? ... 3rd Q: Why are the pages pulled up blank , when i open the files? .... Excuse my ignorance to this software , I'm 27 , and have my 15yr old step son do most of my tech stuff .... he's not always available though ... so your guys help would be great!!
A1.. Leave the TC on until a TM backup is reported as completed. This might take a while if there is a long gap.
A2.. Not sure what you mean.. do you mean files in the backup.. or on the Mac. You simply exclude the files you don't want backed up on the Mac.. via the TM preferences. I recommend you leave the backup on the TC alone.. any attempt to delete can corrupt the entire backup. Is there any reason to do it.. are you running out of space?? If that is the case it is better to erase and do a full new backup.
A3.. Again I am not sure where are you pulling files up from.. inside the TM backup the files might be listed but empty as they haven't changed.. TM is very complicated in the way it works.. Files inside the TM backup are really not meant to be directly accessible. To see a file restore it.
But you might gain a lot just reading through all the pondini FAQ.. there is info there about deleting files.
See Q12 and about what you are doing by defeating the hourly backup. Q13..
It is much better to leave the TC turned on and let TM do its thing.
Issues with TC pretty much fixed by Gen3.. A1355.
What you read about TC applies mainly to prior models.
Although you should take note that any TC beyond 3years is getting unrelliable now due to hard disk age.. it is simply better to sell it on ebay and get a new one. Turning it on and off is just as likely to make it worse.