OT: Time Machine Alternatives?

Mark Schonewille m.schonewille at economy-x-talk.com
Wed Oct 16 18:12:30 EDT 2013


I think I know what cross-linked files are. I have a hard disk with 3 
partitions. The first partition is time machine, another is a different 
version of Mac OS X and a third is a DOS partition. As soon as I plug 
the hard disk in another machine or if I start up from a different 
partition, Time Machine no longer understands which disk to use and 
starts backing up files to the wrong place. All I can do after that is 
formatting the Time Machine partition and start from scratch. That's why 
I'm looking for a different solution too. (I was so happy that I was 
finally able to use Time Machine and now it appears to be a bad solution).

Best regards,

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On 10/16/2013 22:30, JB wrote:
> What do you mean by cross linked files?  I have been using Time Machine
> for years and never have reformatted the disk and started over. Am I going
> to be in for a terrible surprise when I need to restore my files since I have
> not considered cross linked files on Time Machine?
> -=>JB<=-
> On Oct 16, 2013, at 1:22 PM, Mark Wieder wrote:
>> I've been using Time Machine to make backups, and it seems to do that job
>> well, but the backup disk ends up with cross-linked files pretty rapidly and
>> I end up reformatting the backup disk and starting from scratch frequently.
>> This seems to me to be missing the point of having historical backups.
>> So I'm throwing this open to see what others are using for backups on OSX. I
>> assume there's something better than Time Machine out there and I'm just not
>> aware of it. Thanks in advance.
>> (Note: I should probably disallow Jacque from responding in the future...)
>> --
>> Mark Wieder
>> mwieder at ahsoftware.net

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