How do I backup Accordance?
Posted 21 May 2012 - 01:12 PM
I purchased a MAC to run Accordance a while back...I have connected a external drive via USB and the OS can be backed up...but I cannot seem to manually copy files to the drive...Also, I am not sure what directory to copy to backup for my Accordance software....I am not sure I can get it to work with the external drive but I could try and use a USB memory stick which does show up in Finder...I have purchased "MAC for dummies" but it seems to say I need to buy something to be able to backup user files....I am primarily a Windows user...so any help would be appreciated...
Posted 21 May 2012 - 02:25 PM
The only way that they wouldn't be backed up is if you specifically tell Time Machine not to back them up.
You should have a icon in your menu bar for Time Machine. From there you can get to the preferences for Time Machine. If you have no icon, go to System Preferences (the "apple" in the top left of the menu bar) and find the Time Machine preferences there.
Posted 21 May 2012 - 02:43 PM
Edited by fmcfee, 21 May 2012 - 02:45 PM.
Posted 21 May 2012 - 02:59 PM
What Mac OS are you running? Click on the "apple" and then "About this Mac"?
What model and make of external drive did you get?
Did you reformat and erase the external drive before trying Time Machine? (Hint: it helps if you do).
Posted 21 May 2012 - 03:01 PM
Thanks for your reply...I have used time machine...but it wants me to buy an upgrade...I have tried multiple times to set things up..I get errors that Time machine cannot backup (I don't keep the external drive connected except for backups...I now use the software that comes with my external hard drive and it does not seem to back up non-OS files.......so I am not sure Accordance is backed up or my Itunes stuff like podcasts...my MAC is dedicated to Accordance and training DVDs...so what can I do?
You should not have to purchase anything additional to use Time Machine. I do recommend keeping a drive connected for Time Machine, it really is the easiest route to accomplish this.
However, the files you'll want to backup are Preferences and Accordance Files.
Preferences are stored in: User/Library/Preferences/Accordance Preferences. Note, Lion now hides the Library folder. In Finder select Go > Go to Folder…, then type in ~/Library to access it (assuming you want the User Library).
Accordance Files located at: User/Documents/Accordance Files
But, I would stress again that for a beginner Time Machine is the easiest route. If you lose files or they become corrupt it is very easy to restore them.
Edited by Rick Bennett, 21 May 2012 - 03:02 PM.
Director of Content Development
iOS Working Group
Posted 21 May 2012 - 04:40 PM
Thanks for your help
Posted 21 July 2012 - 12:18 AM
Posted 01 September 2012 - 03:06 PM
Find out how much room your OS & stuff are taking up on your HD by opening a Finder window (click on the desktop so you're in Finder, and hit Cmd-N). The bottom of the window gives you how much of your HD is available.
If you can't remember your HD capacity, go the the Apple in the upper left corner of the Menu Bar. Click "About this Mac" in the drop-down menu, then "More Info..." then "System Report." Find "Serial-ATA" in the left column. Clicking this will give you all the info on your HD - capacity, make and model, etc.
When your TimeMachine HD starts getting full, I think TimeMachine will start deleting the oldest backups but will ask/tell you first. The first full back-up takes some time, but the rest are incremental and go pretty quickly.
I leave my TimeMachine back-up plugged in when my laptop is on my desk connected to an external monitor (it's my main machine). I also have a second TimeMachine back-up in a safe place where it would be more protected from fire & theft. I use one for a while, then the other. I like the OWC On-The-Go-Pro external drive (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/firewire/on-the-go). It's operation is nearly silent and it only need to be plugged into your laptop.
My husband does the same with his desktop (his main machine), but uses a "toaster" (http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/NewerTech/Voyager/Hard_Drive_Dock) and a "naked" 3.5" SATA. That's a cheaper way to go, but it's noisy and the alternate drive takes up more storage space.
By the way, I don't work for OWC, but we have been buying from them for more than two decades and have yet to get any faulty stuff.
Posted 01 September 2012 - 03:26 PM
Thanks for our reply..I have a USB backup device and use Time Machine....I leave it plugged in all the time..I think that is working OK.....thanks again
Posted 01 September 2012 - 04:28 PM
Posted 01 September 2012 - 08:33 PM
Posted 01 September 2012 - 10:40 PM
User Library>Application Support>Accordance>Accordance Preferences
User Documents>Accordance Files
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