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  1. Hello David: I understand from your post that the engineers are extremely busy. At the same time, I contend that Retrospect's ability to restore from a backup is perhaps the most important function of backup software that should take precedence over any other tasks that are in development. Part of that functionality depends on the user's understanding of the restore procedure since it is not a simple one-step procedure, but requires re-installation of Catalina and other steps. Accordingly, I believe a document providing directions for doing a Catalina Disaster Recovery operation is sorely needed and overdue. Moreover, I hope composing such documentation would not take a single engineer more than a day to complete. While Retrospect Mac 17 may have new capabilities, what we need now for Retrospect 16.6 is guidance before disaster strikes.
  2. Has anyone seen the "promised detailed document providing directions for doing a Catalina Disaster Recovery operation'" yet? I don't feel comfortable relying on Retrospect for my backup needs without knowing how to do a full restore of a Catalina installation. I would hope this information is important for the Retrospect team to impart to users in a timely fashion before disaster strikes! At present, I'm still using Carbon Copy Cloner, which is very clear on how to perform a restore. I'd prefer to have 2 reliable options (CCC and Retrospect) should disaster strike. Right now I'd be guessing on how to perform a restore using Retrospect. If I have to do a de novo installation of Catalina over which I'd restore various folders, it seems more cumbersome than CCC, which creates the System, Data, Recovery, and Preboot volumes automatically from scratch at the click of a button.
  3. Thank you for the news, DavidHertzberg.
  4. Understood. In the meantime, I'm counting on Carbon Copy Cloner to restore a Catalina installation more easily than Retrospect might allow, should disaster strike.
  5. As of today, I'm not able to find the promised "detailed document providing directions for doing a Catalina Disaster Recovery operation" yet. I'm backing up my system but don't exactly know how to restore my Catalina installation. Hopefully this will be coming soon.
  6. Here is the response from Support:
  7. Thanks for the links. I submitted a support ticket with my question and I'll post what I find out from Tech Support.
  8. Now that Catalina is out, I understand the installation creates separate volumes for system files and other data. If I am correct, these volumes are connected as members of a Group, within an APFS Container. The System volume is read-only. I have questions about how Retrospect 16.5 will function with this new scheme. Backing up Since these are 2 volumes (appearing as one to the user), will selecting Macintosh HD as the backup source include all System and Data files? Restoring Secondly, I wonder if and how Retrospect can completely restore a Catalina installation. More specifically: 1. If the restore is being made to a completely empty drive, will Retrospect create the necessary "read-only" System and "read/write" Data volumes and restore the appropriate data to each volume? Will it also create a Recovery partition? 2. If the restore is being made over an existing Catalina installation, is Retrospect able to restore system files to the "read-only" System volume? Thanks for any information you can offer!
  9. That did the trick! Thank you Lennart! 😀
  10. Rather than using the Migration Assistant to migrate from my old iMac to a new MacBook Pro, I'm migrating manually in an effort to be rid of lots of old junk. I've reinstalled Retrospect 15.6.0 but, of course, I'm missing all of my backup scripts. Are these scripts stored in a file somewhere on the old Mac? Perhaps I could copy that file from my old Mac to the new one. Is there any way to recover my scripts, or do I have to manually recreate them? Thanks for any help you can offer.
  11. I believe you cannot use FileVault to encrypt an external disk unless you have macOS on that disk. To enable FileVault you have to boot from the disk, and use the System Preferences' Security and Privacy pane to enable it. In addition, FileVault requires the presence of a Recovery partition on the disk (it uses that for the initial login). The Recovery partition is typically installed when you install the macOS. If I'm wrong and there is a way to enable FileVault on an external disk without booting from it, I'd love to learn about it. But I think Filevault doesn't work to encrypt other volumes. My Mac's hard drive is encrypted using FileVault and I backup to an external media set on an external hard drive. I wiped my backup and recreated it using Retrospect's built-in encryption (but lost the backup history as you said). I also use SuperDuper to clone my hard drive. I had to install the macOS (to install a Recovery partition) and then boot from the clone to enable FileVault on that external disk. Subsequent clone operations don't require repeating any of that. Another possible option that would preserve your backup history would be to create a large encrypted disk image using Disk Utility, saving the image on your external disk, and moving the media set onto the encrypted disk image. I haven't tried that myself but I do backup certain specific folders to encrypted sparse image disk images (as file backups) sets) and it works well. You should be able to store encrypted volume passwords in the keychain for ease of use. I never have to enter my passwords for Retrospect or my encrypted external disks because the passwords are stored in the keychain. Of course the Mac where your keychain resides should probably be encrypted, although the keychain--I think--is automatically encrypted. Good luck!
  12. Hi jelockwood: You make an excellent point. Fortunately, I had Retrospect create a new, encrypted, media set a few months back, anticipating my use of FileVault, and the need to keep my backup encrypted as well. Thanks again!
  13. Hello jelockwood: Thanks for the explanation of those three types. Your statements reassure me that everything is working as expected! Much appreciated.
  14. I did an incremental backup and it seemed to work normally. It backed up about as much data as I would have expected. I did a restore of a single file as a test and it was successful. So I think Retrospect is working with FileVault enabled. Regarding my 3rd question about the disk image file, I'm doing a separate Retrospect backup of the contents of that file in case the option not to backup FileVault sparse image files prevents that disk image file from being backed up. I wish there was a simple way to preview what files are going to be backed up. I still miss the pre-backup overview window and file browser in Retrospect 6. The method to examine the files to be backed up in Retrospect has never been as easy to use or as convenient as that method in version 6. Any replies or thoughts would be welcome.
  15. So, I enabled FileVault, but I don't see a mounted disk image in the Finder or in Retrospect's Sources. Maybe that's changed since earlier versions of FileVault. My encrypted disk still appears in the Source list, like it was before it was encrypted. Under Sources, I can browse my disk's encrypted contents; all my files appear to be there. A few questions: 1. Does it look like backing up my files in this scenario would work as expected? 2. Besides turning off backing up FileVault sparse image files, is there anything else I need to do? 3. I have a disk image file (unrelated to FileVault) formatted as a sparse image on my disk. If I turn off backing up FileVault sparse image files, will it also exclude backing up this disk image? I'd like to back that up if possible. Thanks for any replies.