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Chapter 9. Using Backup > Scheduling Backups

Scheduling Backups

Backup's real power lies in its ability to take you out of the equation. By setting up backups on a schedule, you ensure that backups happen at a time that's convenient (such as at night), and that they actually happen.

To set up a Backup schedule

1.
Open Backup and set up a backup.

2.
In the lower left corner of the window, click the Schedule button (Figure 9.43). This button is activated only if you've chosen to back up to your iDisk or drive. You cannot schedule automatic backups to a CD or DVD.

Figure 9.43. Click the Schedule button (the one that looks like a calendar) to open the schedule sheet.


The Schedule Backups sheet slides down (Figure 9.44).

Figure 9.44. The Schedule sheet allows you to choose when backups occur.


3.
Do the following:

  • Click the Never, Daily, or Weekly radio button to set the frequency of the scheduled backup.

  • From the Time of Day pop-up menus, choose the time at which you want the backup to happen (these menus will not be activated unless you click the Daily or Weekly radio button).

  • From the Day of Week pop-up menu, choose the day of the week on which you want the backup to happen (this menu will not be activated unless you click the Weekly radio button).

4.
Click OK.

Your backup is now scheduled. For a scheduled backup to happen, be sure your Mac is on and that you are logged in at the time when the backup is supposed to happen—otherwise, the backup won't take place. Your backup's schedule will now appear at the bottom of the window, along with the size of the backup and number of items to be backed up (Figure 9.45).

Figure 9.45. Once you've scheduled a backup, basic information about that scheduled backup appears in the main Backup window.



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