Time Capsule - Using Time Machine with Your Time Capsule

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Using Time Machine with Your Time Capsule

With the Time Machine application in Mac OS X Leopard you can back up everything

on your computer, including your photos, music, movies, and documents.

After you set up Time Machine, it automatically backs up your computer on

a regular basis.

If you’re using Mac OS X v10.5.7 or later, the first time you connect to your

Time Capsule, Time Machine asks if you’d like to use it to back up your files. Click

“Use as Backup Disk,” and Time Machine takes care of the rest.

Use the Time Machine pane of System Preferences in Mac OS X Leopard to set up

automatic backups, change to a different backup disk, or adjust other settings.

To set up or adjust Time Machine on a computer using Mac OS X Leopard:


Choose Apple > System Preferences, and then click Time Machine.


Slide the switch to ON.


Click Change Disk.


Choose your Time Capsule and click “Use for Backup.”

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Chapter 2

Setting Up Your Time Capsule

Your first backup with Time Capsule and Time Machine could take overnight or

longer, depending on how much data you’re backing up. To speed up the initial

backup, connect your Time Capsule to your computer using Ethernet. In each

subsequent backup, Time Machine backs up only files that have changed since the

previous backup, so the backups don’t take as long.

Time Capsule is a great wireless backup solution for portable computers. Since

the first backup can take some time, plug your portable into a power adapter—this

conserves battery power and guarantees that backups won’t be interrupted. Also,

for the best wireless performance, place your portable computer in the same room

as your Time Capsule.

If you shut down your Mac or put it to sleep during a backup, Time Machine stops the

backup and then continues from where it left off after your Mac starts up again.

For more information about Time Machine, choose Help > Mac Help from the Finder

menu on a computer using Mac OS X Leopard, and then type Time Machine in the

search field.

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