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.Mac Incremental Backups

I back up my personal settings (Address Book, iCal, Keychain, Safari Settings, and Stickies) nightly to .Mac. The full backup is 2.1 MB. That's fine.

But I have 230+ other incremental backup files on my iDisk, and they are each about 1 MB. Needless to say, I'm wasting a lot of space. How can I instruct Backup to clear these stupid files (on a regular basis)? If I don't watch out, I'll run out of iDisk space soon! 😛

4 Responses to ".Mac Incremental Backups"

  1. This is me being immature, but I had to laugh at the ad on your blog page.

    "Backup online for only $9.95 per month"

    I think in terms of perverted ... as in "back that @$$ up" or something goofy.

    That's all.

    I'd love a .Mac account. I need to look into that.

  2. I have yet to figure out how to do this, but .Mac Backup does have two related menu options: Backup->Remove iDisk Backups, and Plan->Full Backup.

    If you figure it out, let me know.

  3. Indeed - I do three backups to iDisk (my iTMS purchased tracks, personal data, and current main project). I did run out of space with the incremental backups, so periodically I do everything I can to make sure the current working environment is right, and nuke the backups and start again. Not even close to 100% desirable (except I do have local backups as well), but it does keep me from running out of space.

  4. I don't think you can schedule delete backups from iDisk space.

    To delete them, open your iDisk folder, and delete all old incremental backups.

    You can specify to back up to do a full backup from time to time.

    My suggestion: daily backup to your HDD, and weekly backup to your iDisk. You can easily schedule periodic deleting of old backups in your HDD.

    Just my two cents.