Comments on 2017-09-04 Backup

Many hours later, I copied the contents of my old “Extern” disk and my old “Movies” disk (a hold over from the old sneaker net days when people would visit one another with hard disks in order to share) to the new “Data” disk.

So on to the next step: I plugged in the second disk, used Disk Utility to rename it to “Backup” and used Time Machine to set it up as an encrypted backup. I made sure to look at Options and removed the exclusion of the external “Data” disk. I want it included, after all.

I do wonder how good this Apple disk and backup encryption is.

– Alex 2017-09-05 13:28 UTC


Wow. Many hours later and we have 440GB of an estimated 1.8TB written. Time Machine is slooow.

– Alex 2017-09-05 19:38 UTC


OK, today I learned: one full backup takes more than 24h. The next laptop definitely needs USB 3.

– Alex 2017-09-06 13:29 UTC


Ok, disk “Backup” is done. Time Machine said “Encrypting Backup: 7%.” What is this? I thought it was all encrypted?

Oh well, since I was able to unmount it, I just went ahead and plugged in the third disk, erased it, called it “Backup 2”, and told Time Machine to use it without discarding the first Backup disk. So now it will backup to both. This is good.

And now that I have a new set of disks, I should definitely check the disks. But before doing all that, I will have to prepare:

  1. install the SMART driver, check all three disks
  2. much later, uninstall the SMART driver, mount all the old disks and wipe them
  3. install the SMART driver again

Gah!

– Alex 2017-09-06 14:44 UTC


OK, second backup done. When I ejected the disk it said “Encrypting Backup 6%”. I still wonder what that means.

Just to get a feeling for how things work, I decided to put the first backup disk back in and clicked “Backup Now” in the menu. To be honest, I thought Time Machine should detect the old backup disk immediately, notice that the last backup was older than one hour and immediately do another backup. Not so, unfortunately.

“Preparing Backup...”

– Alex 2017-09-07 12:36 UTC


I am happy to learn that this new backup is “490MB of 28.38GB” done.

– Alex 2017-09-07 12:39 UTC


Sadly, this is where it remains. Currently: 492MB. The estimate is: 2h remaining.

– Alex 2017-09-07 12:54 UTC


Ugh, status unchanged. This is not cool.

– Alex 2017-09-07 14:06 UTC


I was unsure of what to do and so I turned to the age old trick: I rebooted the system.

– Alex 2017-09-07 14:32 UTC


Rebooting with the drives connected left me with the grey apple screen and ventilators at 100%. I disconnected the new USB drives and held down the power button until it powered down. I am not liking this!

– Alex 2017-09-07 14:53 UTC


After rebooting and reconnecting the drives I was asked for the two passwords and the icon for the backup drive turned into the petrol colored backup icon. Good!

Picked “Backup Now” from the menu. Current status: “Preparing Backup...”

– Alex 2017-09-07 14:58 UTC


Status:”Encrypting Backup Disk: 9%”

– Alex 2017-09-07 19:04 UTC


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