You turn on your Mac in the morning and it’s dead. Fried. Cooked. All the files stored on the Mac are gone. What’s your plan?
Obviously the Mincey Clan recommends a comprehensive file backup and restore plan, and we include Apple’s free backup app Time Machine in the recommendation. Why? Time Machine is free. All it requires is an extra external disk drive and, when it works, it just works.
The only problem I’ve ever had with Time Machine is that inevitably it does its thing at the most inconvenient time. Time Machine needs a scheduler. That scheduler is iScheduleTimeMachine, a very inexpensive Mac tool which, well, schedules when Time Machine does its deeds.
There’s some thinking that goes into using iScheduleTimeMachine, but once you set it up, it’s like Time Machine and it just runs.
Instead of having Time Machine backup files on its own schedule, iScheduleTimeMachine backs up files according to your schedule. Every 15 minutes to a week. It can be set to backup when the Mac has been sitting for x-amount of time.
Or, you can set it to backup at fixed scheduled times automatically. I use it to setup a backup about an hour after I’m usually done with working on my Mac at night, and then schedule the Mac to shutdown automatically after that.
Oddly, iScheduleTimeMachine works by turning off (disabling) Time Machine in the Mac’s System Preferences. In other words, iScheduleTimeMachine does what Time Machine does, but does more. The Menubar icon gives you status with a click, and the app also displays backup progress, number of files copied, and statistics. Finding and restoring files works the same way as Time Machine.
Nice, right? Here’s the only problem I’ve run into. *iScheduleTimeMachine doesn’t like one of my Macs. It works great on the MacBook Air I use daily, but not so much on the family desktop iMac. In a word, buggy, though the latest version is an improvement. The idea is sound, stability is not. Once that’s addressed there’s no reason to use TimeMachine any longer. It’s just that a backup app needs to be ultra stable and dependable.