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3933 Views 18 Replies Latest reply: Jun 15, 2013 11:22 PM by Moloy RSS
  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,305 points)
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    Jun 15, 2013 6:10 AM (in response to Moloy)

    I believe that's what I've been telling you all along. The scenario in which you need to back up the Mail downloads folder to preserve files is if you have an attachment open, but then remove the corresponding message and havent yet saved the attachment elsewhere.


    As for Time Machine and getting used to it, there's really not much to get used to. Simply get an external drive and attach it, and when prompted choose it for use with Time Machine. Then be sure to regularly attach it to your system, and it will make full system backups hourly.


    The main benefit of Time Machine is that in the event of a full system failure or massive data loss, you can restore to practically any system and be up and running exactly where you were, without the need to reinstall and migrate data, though this approach is also an option.

  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,305 points)
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    Jun 15, 2013 6:39 AM (in response to Moloy)

    True it will not back up a Windows partition, though for this you can use WinClone (, or a Windows-based solution.


    Time Machine will back up on the hour, and not every day. If this is happening then there's something awry with your setup. Time Machine will also only backup the changed files, and not the entire system, in a sense maintaining an ongoing backup instead of creating a new backup each time.

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