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Everything posted by amkassir

  1. Thank you for the news, DavidHertzberg.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Here is the response from Support:
  6. Thanks for the links. I submitted a support ticket with my question and I'll post what I find out from Tech Support.
  7. That did the trick! Thank you Lennart! 😀
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. I'm thinking about enabling FileVault on my Mac. The current version of FileVault encrypts the entire disk. As I prepare to use FileVault, I wanted to make sure Retrospect 12.5 is compatible and can reliably backup and restore files on my hard drive. I found the following (somewhat dated) information in the manual for Retrospect 12, page 112: So from this quote, it appears Retrospect 12 will be able to backup and restore files on a FileVault-encrypted hard disk. I'm not talking about the sparse image files on the disk, rather the actual unencrypted files. A call to Retrospect support (to double-check) led to the technician insisting Retrospect doesn't support backing up files protected by FileVault. I directed him to this section of the manual, but this did not change his understanding of the matter. I am confused by this, because the manual seems to indicate Retrospect can reliably backup and restore files in this scenario. So, I'm looking to experts on this forum for their experiences (or expectations) with FileVault. Thanks in advance for any assistance you can offer. Retrospect 12.5.0 (111) Mac OS El Capitan 10.11.3
  12. Hello jelockwood: Thanks for the explanation of those three types. Your statements reassure me that everything is working as expected! Much appreciated.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. I have encountered an error when grooming a disk media set. The log appears below. I tried to avoid these errors by rebuilding the catalog, but the error persists. The disk appears to be functioning normally according to Disk Utility and DiskWarrior's directory rebuild feature did not solve the problem. Groom options set to Groom to Retrospect defined policy, keeping 3 months of backups, choosing Storage-optimized grooming. + Executing Groom at 4/1/16, 11:31:21 AM Grooming Media Set iMac HD Mobile Backup... MapError: unknown Mac error 22 TFile::SetPosFromBegin: lseek failed, /Volumes/Mobile Backup/Retrospect/iMac HD Mobile Backup/1-iMac HD Mobile Backup/AA001338.rdb, oserr 22, error -1,002 MapError: unknown Mac error 22 TFile::SetPosFromBegin: lseek failed, /Volumes/Mobile Backup/Retrospect/iMac HD Mobile Backup/1-iMac HD Mobile Backup/AA001344.rdb, oserr 22, error -1,002 MapError: unknown Mac error 22 TFile::SetPosFromBegin: lseek failed, /Volumes/Mobile Backup/Retrospect/iMac HD Mobile Backup/1-iMac HD Mobile Backup/AA001372.rdb, oserr 22, error -1,002 MapError: unknown Mac error 22 TFile::SetPosFromBegin: lseek failed, /Volumes/Mobile Backup/Retrospect/iMac HD Mobile Backup/1-iMac HD Mobile Backup/AA001377.rdb, oserr 22, error -1,002 MapError: unknown Mac error 22 TFile::SetPosFromBegin: lseek failed, /Volumes/Mobile Backup/Retrospect/iMac HD Mobile Backup/1-iMac HD Mobile Backup/AA001392.rdb, oserr 22, error -1,002 Groomed 3.3 MB from Media Set iMac HD Mobile Backup. 4/1/16 11:40:09 AM: Execution completed successfully Remaining: 1,672 files, 830.8 MB Completed: 1 files, 3.3 MB Performance: 0.3 MB/minute Duration: 00:08:47 Thanks for any assistance you can offer.
  16.   Thanks for the heads up. Downloading now. ????
  17. Thank you for your valuable responses, Steve. Your participation in these forums is a veritable boon and always elevates my opinion of Retrospect, both the product and the company. ????
  18. Hello Maser: Thanks for the reply. The rebuild did not have any complaints or errors: + Executing Rebuild at 3/31/16, 3:08:31 PM To Backup Set iMac HD Mobile Backup... Scanned /Volumes/Mobile Backup/Retrospect/iMac HD Mobile Backup/1-iMac HD Mobile Backup/ up to backup set data file index 1,564 Using fast rebuild 3/31/16 3:09:03 PM: Finished scanning backup set data files 3/31/16 3:39:47 PM: Execution completed successfully Completed: 1,630,537 files, 368.8 GB Performance: 18,187.4 MB/minute Duration: 00:29:55 (00:09:08 idle/loading/preparing) I did contact Retrospect support, and the response was, "Based on the log entry above [OP: the log from the groom operation] , the operation was "completed successfully" and everything is fine. The other info in the log is debug logging and not an actual error. You can ignore the other entries." I would feel better if unimportant errors did not appear in the logs. ????
  19. Is it possible to add security/encryption to an existing media set without having to erase the media set and start over again from scratch? (The existing media set is not encrypted or using a password.) Thanks for any guidance you can offer.
  20. Thank you Mayoff. You're a big help.
  21. I've been noticing this for a few months. My backups are working. Maybe 10% of the time the dashboard will show up but most of the time it seems stuck in the Loading mode. I believe Retrospect support said this was a known issue.
  22. After completing a groom operation, the log shows: Executing Groom OWC at 7/14/15, 12:27:00 PM Grooming Media Set OWC Backup... Groomed 29.9 GB from Media Set OWC Backup. 7/14/15 1:12:00 PM: Execution completed successfully Completed: 52,074 files, 29.9 GB Performance: 681.7 MB/minute Duration: 00:44:58 It looks like 29.9GB was groomed. Inspection of the media set under Media Sets shows: Used: 276.1 GB Free: 14.4 GB Capacity: 322 GB I would expect the free amount to match or exceed the amount groomed (29.9 GB) but it is less. Also, the capacity minus the used amount is 45.9 GB. Shouldn't that amount match the free amount? Retrospect 12.0.2 Yosemite Backing up to external firewire disk Thanks in advance for your help.
  23. Hello Lennart: Thanks for your post. The problem was that Retrospect reported less free space in the Media Set (14.4 GB) than should have been free after grooming (45.9 GB, or 44.3 if you prefer). Incidentally, after ejecting the volume and then remounting it, and restarting the Retrospect console, the free space was updated in the Retrospect console to the correct value, 45.9 GB. I think this represents a bug or a limitation of Retrospect. Ideally it would update to show the correct free space in the Media Sets view after a grooming operation. Restarting the Retrospect console was not sufficient to update the value. I also resized the volume from 95% used, to 99% used, and then back to 95% used, before I noticed the free space was correctly reported, so it's possible the resizing triggered the update. I didn't check the free space value before resizing.
  24. amkassir

    "didn't Compare"

    What does "didn't compare" mean, in the log? I see this message several times when checking the log after a backup with thorough verification. Other messages like "different data size" make sense, but I'm not sure about "didn't compare." If it means Retrospect didn't compare the original file with the version in the media set, why would it skip a file during the thorough verification? I can't find an explanation in the Retrospect manual. Thanks.