1350 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 7, 2010 10:37 AM by VRS
first, I would say that it's a very bad idea IMHO to have backups not done automatically but by hand. that's how you end up loosing your data. I've seen more times than I can count on the forums. backups should be _*regular, complete and automatic*_. anything else means significant risk of data loss in case of problems. you don't have to use TM for automatic backups but you should use something. use CCCloner if that's what you want but make the backups automatic.
as to turning TM off I'm really completely confused. by what you describe you are not using it at all. TM can be turned off in TM system preferences. there is a rather large on/off switch there. but again, it doesn't sound like you have it set up at all at the moment.
To turn Time Machine off, open system preferences, click the Time Machine icon, unlock the pref pane if it is locked and click the Time Machine off.
As far as backups go, I've always used SuperDuper and it works great. I have no experience with Time Machine to speak of, but I don't see a problem doing what you want if you feel comfortable without having constant backup.
I may do that myself. I don't see the need for me to have hourly file backup.