Apple Time Machine 101 - Seagate Style

Apple Time Machine 101 - Seagate Style


Flash and text tutorials discussing how to prepare an external drive for use with and to use Apple Time Machine.

Partitioning an External Drive to be used with Time Machine:

  1. Open Finder > Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility
  2. Select the external drive and click on the Partition tab
  3. Click on the Current Volume Scheme drop-down menu and select 1 partition
    Note: More than 1 partition can be created but for this document, we'll just stick with a single partition.
  4. Enter Volume Information (e.g., Name, Format, etc.)
  5. Click on the Apply button located in the bottom right corner of the Disk Utility window. The Partition Disk confirmation window opens.
  6. Click on the Partition button. At this point, the drive is partitioned and formatted. At the end of this process, a window opens asking if you would like to use the volume with Time Machine.
  7. Click on the Use as Backup Disk button. At this point the Time Machine window opens and the volume icon changes. Time Machine then performs the first backup of your computer. This may take awhile depending on how much content you have.
  8. Once the backup is complete, Time Machine closes.

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Formatting an External Drive to be used with Time Machine:

  1. Open Finder > Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility
  2. Select the external drive and click on the Erase tab
  3. Click on the Current Volume Scheme drop-down menu and select 1 partition
    Note: More than 1 partition can be created but for this document, we'll just stick with a single partition.
  4. Enter Volume Information (e.g., Name, Format, etc.)
  5. Click on the Apply button located in the bottom right corner of the Disk Utility window. The Partition Disk confirmation window opens.
  6. Click on the Partition button. At this point, the drive is partitioned and formatted. At the end of this process, a window opens asking if you would like to use the volume with Time Machine.
  7. Click on the Use as Backup Disk button. At this point the Time Machine window opens and the volume icon changes. Time Machine then performs the first backup of your computer. This may take awhile depending on how much content you have.
  8. Once the backup is complete, Time Machine closes.

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Changing the external drive to be used with Time Machine:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Open Time Machine.
  3. Click on the Change Disk... button. A window opens showing External Storage Drives connected to your Mac.
  4. Select a drive and click on the Use for Backup button. At this point the Back Disk is changed and the next Time Machine Backup will start in 120 Seconds (2 Minutes).

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Time Machine Options:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Open Time Machine.
  3. Click on the Options... button. an options window opens
  4. Check (default) or Uncheck Power and/or Deletion options.
  5. Click on the + (default) or - buttons to exclude folders to be backed up by Time machine.
  6. Select files/folders and click on the Exclude button. At this point, folder size Calculations and Adjustments are made.
  7. Click on the Done button to finish. At this point, Time Machine prepares the drive and backs up selected data.

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Time Machine Status in the Apple Menu Bar:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Open Time Machine.
  3. Check the Show Time Machine status in the menu bar box. The Time Machine icon appears in the Apple Menu bar.
  4. Close Time Machine.

Time Machine Options available in the Apple Menu Bar

  • Latest Backup - Date & Time is listed
  • Back Up Now - create an immediate Time Machine Backup
  • Enter Time Machine - Opens Time Machine so that data can be selected/restored
  • Open Time Machine Preferences - launches the Preferences window where Power and/or Deletion options can be changed, files/folders can be Excluded, etc.

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Turn Time Machine - ON:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Open Time Machine.
  3. Click the ON button. A window opens showing External Storage Drives connected to your Mac.
  4. Select a drive and click on the Use for Backup button. At this point the Back Disk is changed and the next Time Machine Backup will start in 120 Seconds (2 Minutes).
  5.  

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Cancel Time Machine Backup:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Open Time Machine.
  3. Click on the Change Disk... button. A window opens showing External Storage Drives connected to your Mac.
  4. Click on the None button.
  5. Click on the Stop Backing Up button. Time Machine is turned OFF.

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Enter Time Machine:

  1. Open Finder - Applications - Time Machine.
  2. Time machine opens. You can navigate Time Machine through the following:
    • The Graphical Timeline to the right of the Time Machine window
    • The Up/Down Arrows
    Browse to and select files/folders you wish to restore.
  3. Click on the Restore button. Address any prompts that appear on the screen (grant Administrative access, etc.).
  4. Click Continue. Data is restored to your Mac.

 

Troubleshooting Time Machine (Scenario - Backup Failed):

The video provided shows the following:

  • Time Machine shows failed
  • Researching the error
  • Solution

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