I start with multiple bootable clones (SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner work great), sync up critical files between Macs (perfect for ChronoSync), store important Document files in the cloud, and, of course, I use Apple’s Time Machine with this free utility.
The Editor For Time Machine
Add a bunch of external disk drives connected to my Macs and I’m a happy guy. Except for Time Machine.
Apple’s default Time Machine interval is one hour. On some Macs I don’t need a sync update that frequently.
On other Macs I need it and want it more frequently. What to do?
Add the free TimeMachineEditor to you Mac and you can control Time Machine’s backup interval. Even the daily, weekly, monthly backup intervals can be changed.
It all starts with a simple utility which lets you edit Time Machine’s basic time interval settings and it’s drop dead simple to use.
The easy way is to set the Mode of Operation to interval and set the Back Up Every x-number of hours.
Or, if you want more granular controls (the bottom screen shot above), you can change hours, days, weeks, and months and get a little more complex with the backups.
There’s also a built-in option to Show Time Machine Logs, which can be handy when checking or troubleshooting backups.
You won’t need to have Time Machine running, so make sure to turn it off before using TimeMachineEditor which takes over. It doesn’t monkey around with Time Machine settings but uses its own.
Not bad for free. Apple should have this capability in OS X already.