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10.5: Delay Time Machine backup by one hour System 10.5
As an Apple consultant, it never fails that when I'm looking at a client's system, as soon as I do a System Update, the Time Machine backup system wants to kick in.

Since turning it off could have dire effects if I forget to turn it on again, I've learned a little trick to give me a one hour maintenance window to work on the machine and not get slowed down by Time Machine hogging the disk I/O.

If Time Machine starts up on you, quickly go to the Time Machine System Preferences panel. If you look to the right of the Options button, you will see a progress indicator. If you click on the small circled X at the right end of the progress bar, you just bought yourself an hour before Time Machins starts another backup.

I tell clients to do this over turning Time Machine off and on all the time. If it isn't always running, you're not really doing backups, and missing the key features it offers.

[robg adds: I don't know how this differs from clicking on the Time Machine icon in the menu bar and selecting Stop Backup, but it's always nice to have alternatives.]
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10.5: Delay Time Machine backup by one hour
Authored by: geoffliang on Dec 23, '08 08:35:06AM

Or even via the Finder sidebar, if you enable Hard Disks to show.



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10.5: Delay Time Machine backup by one hour
Authored by: Stormchild on Dec 23, '08 08:36:15AM

Of course, it will delay the backup by more than an hour if the backup interval has been changed by something like TimeMachineEditor.



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10.5: Delay Time Machine backup by one hour
Authored by: alansky on Dec 23, '08 09:04:07PM
Hourly backup is total overkill for most non-professional users. Not to mention the annoying hourly slowdown that occurs when your external hard drive spins up at TimeMachine's request. For me, TimeMachineEditor is a lifesaver. Backing up my Home directory once a day (and cloning my boot drive once a week) is plenty!

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10.5: Delay Time Machine backup by one hour
Authored by: lithoman on Dec 24, '08 07:06:50AM

I do a backup now before I do an software update no backups will occur for an hour after that (or what ever interval is set). If something bad happens I can restore my whole system exactly as it was before the update. Otherwise unmount the time machine volume if you want to prevent a backup while doing updates.



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