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A couple of questions on Time Machine backups

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GAB449 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 29, 2013 11:07 PM

Is it possible to disable hourly backups and have only daily & monthly?  I could not find any option to do this.  And, in case I need to restore from the backup, is there any documentation?  Thanks!

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  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,460 points)
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    Nov 29, 2013 11:09 PM (in response to GAB449)

    1. Time Machine does not allow you to do it without third-party applications. To change the frequency of backups, use TimeMachineEditor.


    2. To restore individual files from a backup, you have to open a Finder window, go to the folder where the file you want to restore is and open the Time Machine app. See >


    To restore the whole backup, you have to start up from the Mac OS X DVD (for Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6) or OS X Recovery (OS X Lion and later), and you will find an option to restore the Time Machine button. To start up in OS X Recovery, hold Command and R keys while your Mac is starting up

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,460 points)
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    Nov 30, 2013 7:42 AM (in response to GAB449)

    If you just reinstall OS X, you will keep everything. However, if you erase the hard drive, you will have to reinstall all your apps and restore your files from your Time Machine backup


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