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Jul 18, PM in response to rshi In response to rshi. Select folder. Press Command-I to open the Get Info window.
1. How big a drive do I need for Time Machine?
The topmost panel will provide the information. Do not use the information from the Storage section of the About This Mac dialog. Ignore the Storage information as it is typically wrong. To find out the correct information for any disk: Select a Desktop disk icon. Press Command-I to open the Get Info window and look at the topmost panel displayed. You will find the disk information displayed for Capacity , Available , and Used. Jul 18, PM. Navigate to Time Capsule folder, Backups. Backupdb and double clip to open it to see all previous backup folders inside in the form:.
Name created Size Kind.
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When I ask Finder to find Folder get info, it shows a calculating size and seems stuck there for hours. If anybody has dealt with Time Capsule backup issues, please help as Apple has stopped supporting Time Capsule. You can use Disk Utility in your Airport Utility program to find out any information you cannot figure out doing using the Time Machine application. I'm afraid I was perhaps not clear when I wanted to find the size of a full backup of MacBppk Pro in.
I don't use the TC as was originally intended to be used as Airport Utility. That said mount TC every 4 mouths or so as an external disk and then Time Machine App to have a full backup. Then TC ejected and is powered off. Backupdb; and the later contains all the full backups done in the past. I I can navigate through through Finder to Backups. Backupdb wherein all previous backups are in individual folders under the names like:.
But it does take a bit more work. The idea here is to create a separate partition on the external drive and use that partition exclusively for Time Machine backup.
For that, you turn a single hardware drive into two different volumes or logical disks , and use one for Time Machine. Connect the external drive you want to use for Time Machine to your Mac and call up Disk Utility you can find it using Spotlight. In Disk Utility, select the drive, then click on Partition. Then click on Apply. Run Time Machine again, you can use Spotlight to call it up and use the newly created partition as the backup destination.
You now can use the other partition for file storage; Time Machine will never touch it. Similarly, you can create a separate volume and use it exclusively for Time Machine. Some servers also allow for setting a storage limit quota for an existing shared folder. Thanks for the response. Or you can create a separate volume. For the former, though, make sure you use btrfs file system which you should anyway. Organize as needed and click Save.
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Personal Backup users can see the above-mentioned information in the main window of the application. The source data is OK, as well as the media that data sits on and your backup settings all check out. If you backup to a Time Capsule or other kind of network share, the Time Machine menu bar icon gives you a handy verification option. You can access it by clicking the icon and holding down the Option key.
Depending on the speed of your network and the size of your backup, the verification can take a long time. If everything is OK, Time Machine will carry on as usual after the verification has finished. However, if an issue is found, Time Machine will let you know. Unfortunately, this type of verification with Time Machine only works on network drives, not on drives directly connected to your Mac.
For other backups, like those made with Personal Backup, you can browse the backup data through the Finder, pick a random file and just drag that back to your desktop.
Once a file is restored, open it to see if there are any issues, and then repeat the process with different files from different time periods. Of course, picking a few random files to test the backup is more than most people do, but this method still leaves a lot of data untouched and untested. Therefore, the most reliable way to verify a backup is to restore the whole thing. If your backup is a full drive clone, like those you can make with Personal Backup, you can boot from the clone and see if the macOS boots, applications launch, and that your important files open as expected.
You can use another drive or partition that has enough space and copy all the backup data to it. If there is damage or corruption, the data copy will usually fail with an error message. Once the backup data has been restored you can open your most important files to check for any issues.