Take Control of Time Machine

Take Control of Time Machine  I’m a Apple fanboy through and through.  This I admit freely.  But I’m also man enough to admit that not everything Apple does is perfect.

Time Machine, Apple’s default back up program, is one of those not so perfect things.

My biggest problem with Time Machine is the inability to customize just when Time Machine backs up.  The only time management setting offered by Time Machine is on or off.  When it’s on it backs up everything on your Mac, every hour.  I find this to be a major nuisance as it seems my iMac is always backing itself up and it’s usually suffering some performance when doing so.  This becomes even more of an issue when I’ve been busy on my iMac over the previous hour because it leaves Time Machine with a large amount of work to do.

Thankfully, while listening to a recent podcast from the Mac Observer, I recently discovered a great freeware utility that allows the user to set a real schedule for just when Time Machine goes to work.

Time Machine Editor is a simple program that once installed gives you complete control over when your back ups occur.  You can set daily, weekly, or monthly back up and even specify the time that the back ups are done.

With Time Machine Editor I feel like I’ve gained a little bit more of the power of my iMac back.

You can learn more about this free application on the developer’s web site.

About the Author

I have always had a passion for gear and gadgets. It all started for me with the release of the very first Palm Pilot. I've always had an interest in handheld electronics. From handheld PDAs, to cell phones, Mp3 players, watches and other products, I'm the first person my friends, family and colleagues call when they need advice on tech. I have roots in the online tech. forum community. I served as the Administrator to Howard Forums.com and as a Moderator at both Treo Central.com and Blackberry Forums.net. Under the screen name “lgreenberg” I've amassed 50,000+ postings. I also manage my own YouTube channel under the user name larrygreenberg. I'm always eager to help.
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  • runningman

    Thanks Larry! This is great – I got into the habit of turning Time Machine on, backing up, then turning it off (I had the same performance issues that you spoke of). This is a much cleaner and less memory dependent option. Excellent!


  • patrickj

    Really useful utility – thanks for posting on it. My only wish list item so far is that you could set a specific time for backups to kick off as well …

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  • johnpiercy

    Wow . customize Time Machine Backups .. http://bit.ly/4mRQK