Leopard Time Machine

by admin on October 14, 2008

I came into the shop early to backup the prepress operator's Mac using Time Machine. Really simple to use, plug in the external USB drive, open up system preferences, and it's set to start backing up at 7:34 am.

Except that it's 6:34 am RIGHT NOW, and I want it to start backing up RIGHT NOW, before Jackie makes it into work at 7:30 am. Where is the bang button, the one I can hit so it starts backing up RIGHT NOW?


Updated: Lots of people commenting as to why I am having such problems. Here are some screensnaps of why I am seeing on my screen:

leopard time machine

Okay, and when you click on the option key, I get this:

And that's all I get for choices. So it's 6:45 am in the morning and maybe the coffee hasn't kicked in yet, but I'm stumped.


Brad Long October 14, 2008 at 6:18 am

If you have Time Machine show up in Finder’s menu bar there is a Backup Now option.

Dennis October 14, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Why not just set it to 6.35am??

dj October 15, 2008 at 6:05 am

Hi Brad:
I don’t know how to make Time Machine show up in the Finder’s menu bar. I checked documentation and it’s pretty sparse so I gotta give up.
I only have about an hour in the morning to work on this station before the operator comes in to work. And I have other stuff to do (like printer driver installation, oh joy)

pmhapp October 15, 2008 at 9:41 am


To have Time Machine show up in the Finder’s menu bar, check the box next to “Show Time Machine status in the menu bar”, which looks like you already have checked…

Zac Bolan October 15, 2008 at 5:20 pm

You can start a backup at any time.

1. Make sure the Time Machine “show status in menubar” is activated in the Time Machine control panel.

2. go to the Time Machine menubar icon, click and you will find a “back-up now” option.

It works fairly well, but I’ve had some problems with Time Machine shutting itself off. I also wish one could set the duration between backups.

good luck (great blog),

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