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  1. Mayoff Said: "A lot of technical reasons actually do exist. One example is that the engine and console could be on different computers." I do not get this at all. I got the same befuddling message about needing to update the console and I have one (1) only computer on my network.
  2. "If you use the "Make an exact copy of a source volume or favorite folder" option in the copy assistant, it will erase the destination." So it erases the destination of the new files only? I'm still confused.
  3. I am running Snow Leopard OS 10.6 on a Mac Pro. After updating to 8.1.526 through the automatic update checking in the program, I was told to update the console & server. I did this (I think) by downloading Retrospect_EN-81526.dmg from the update page and clicking on "Install Retrospect Engine". I have two internal hard drives: my main drive is "MB's Mac" and the second drive is "MB's Mac 2". They are identical 500 GB Seagate SATA drives. On the "Sources" tab of Retrospect, for some time "MB's Mac 2" has been listed twice. One of these listings had a tilde to the column in the far left. This is the one that I have been using in all of my scripts and it had all of my favorites. When I tried to run a script that ran successfully yesterday before the update, to copy my home folder "MB" to the first (with the tilde) listed copy of "MB's Mac 2" I got a -1102, volume unavailable. When I tried to create a favorite for the folder I wished to copy ("MB") on the second listed copy of "MB's Mac 2" it did now allow me -- it seemed to indicate that it was already on the "Favorites" list. (It was on the favorites list for the copy with the tilde.) After deleting the supposedly unavailable copy of "MB's Mac 2" (with the tilde at the left) I was able to create a new favorite for "MB" on the remaining version and am able to do my copy. Unfortunately, I lost all of my favorites list and a half dozen scripts that reference that volume will have to be updated. Questions: 1) Why were there two versions of "MB's Mac 2" in Retrospect? 2) Up until yesterday and installing the update, all of my scripts referencing copy 1, with the tilde to the left, of "MB's Mac 2" worked. What happened?
  4. Russ, Wow. I really blew it there! Thanks for the post. I'll try the appropriate forum. Michael
  5. I am running Snow Leopard OS 10.6 on a Mac Pro. After updating to 8.1.526 through the automatic update checking in the program, I was told to update the console & server. I did this (I think) by downloading Retrospect_EN-81526.dmg from the update page and clicking on "Install Retrospect Engine". I have two internal hard drives: my main drive is "MB's Mac" and the second drive is "MB's Mac 2". They are identical 500 GB Seagate SATA drives. On the "Sources" tab of Retrospect, for some time "MB's Mac 2" has been listed twice. One of these listings had a tilde to the column in the far left. This is the one that I have been using in all of my scripts and it had all of my favorites. When I tried to run a script that ran successfully yesterday before the update, to copy my home folder "MB" to the first (with the tilde) listed copy of "MB's Mac 2" I got a -1102, volume unavailable. When I tried to create a favorite for the folder I wished to copy ("MB") on the second listed copy of "MB's Mac 2" it did now allow me -- it seemed to indicate that it was already on the "Favorites" list. (It was on the favorites list for the copy with the tilde.) After deleting the supposedly unavailable copy of "MB's Mac 2" (with the tilde at the left) I was able to create a new favorite for "MB" on the remaining version and am able to do my copy. Unfortunately, I lost all of my favorites list and a half dozen scripts that reference that volume will have to be updated. Questions: 1) Why were there two versions of "MB's Mac 2" in Retrospect? 2) Up until yesterday and installing the update, all of my scripts referencing copy 1, with the tilde to the left, of "MB's Mac 2" worked. What happened?
  6. Thanks for the answer. With all due respect, I find thisa very kludgey way to update the console & server. Your program already downloaded a 62 MB file to update the program itself to 8.1.526. It definitely is NOT intuitive to go to the download page and then download a file that appears to be what the program has already done. It would at least be nice to have notes on the download page that the file is necessary for updating the console & server. Then when I download the complete file there's nothing about servers or consoles. I clicked the "Install Retrospect Engine" installer and it seemed to have taken care of it. Suggestion: When you make updates, place in an easy to find place on your website instructions that cover exactly what we need to do, particularly if the automatic program update doesn't take care of it by itself.
  7. I have updated to version 8.1.526. At the end of the update, it told me to update the server and the console to the latest version and gave an update button, which took me to the update download page: http://www.retrospect.com/supportupdates/updates/ On this page, under "Retrospect 8 for Macintosh" there aren't any updaters for the console or the server. What is the procedure for updating the console & the server?
  8. Thanks for sending the technical FAQs. I think part of the problem is that the language is not consistent -- possibly because these FAQ's appear to be about version 6. The FAQ's talk about "Duplicating" but in 8.0 that word is not used -- what's used is "Copy." I'm now fairly certain that when I do a copy using "Make an exact copy of a source volume or favorite folder" that Retrospect does not delete the entire folder or volume that you are copying to. However, they have warnings in two places that confused me. I've set up a script to do an exact copy of my iTunes library. On the destination tab there is the warning "Warning: Destination will be erased before copying." Then when I proceed to run the script I get another warning "Are you sure you want to erase the entire source before copying?" -- This one in particular is really confusing. I think of the library I want to copy as the source -- I certainly don't want it erased. The only thing I can figure is that it's warning me that it will erase the source on the destination disk. Both warnings seem to imply that the destination file or volume is going to be completely erased. In fact, this doesn't happen. My iTunes library is 26.61 GB. It was backed up recently and not really used much (if at all) since. When I run my script to do an exact copy of the library, 3 files, 11.2 MB are all that are copied: had it done the erase that it said it was going to do, it would have been 26.61 GB. I'd like to see two things: 1) Clean up the confusing warnings that imply everything on the destination will be erased. 2) Give us a real manual for version 8, accessible from the "Help" menu item. Give us easily accessible FAQ's specifically geared for version 8.
  9. I'm not exactly sure, now, what Retrospect is doing. I use a nifty shareware program called iPhoto Library Manager so I can have multiple iPhoto libraries. 1) I did a copy, "Make Exact Duplicate" of "iPhoto Library 08-09," which is 1.5 GB. Afterwards, I went in and adjusted the color balance on one 1.5 MB photo. I then did another "Make Exact Duplicate" and 24 files, 36.9 MB were all that were copied. 2) The library "iPhoto Library Cooking" is 25.36 GB. Again, I did the "Make Exact Duplicate" and 4859 files, 10.5 GB were copied. I immediately did another "Make Exact Duplicate" without opening the library and this time 4858 files, 10.5 GB were duplicated. So Retrospect doesn't copy the whole library (i.e., "package") but it's unclear to me how exactly it determines what needs to be copied.
  10. I like to have a cloned back-up of all of my files. Rather than use RAID, I have purchased a second hard drive for my MacPro and I periodically copy either my home directory or the entire drive to that second hard drive. For awhile I was using the option "Copy selected file and folders" with the "Copy only files that have changed" option but I recently discovered that I don't end up with an exact copy; for instance, if I delete the "Chicken_Recipe.doc" on my main drive, that file still exists on the second hard drive after the copy. What I really want to do is clone the one drive to the other so that the two are exact copies. When I select "Make an exact copy of a source volume or favorite folder" it gives a message: "Warning: Destination will be erased before copying." What I really would like is the ability to clone my main drive but have the program intelligent enough not to erase those files and folders already present that are the same as on the original drive. Is there any way to do this? Note: When I do perform this exact copy, despite the warning that the destination will be erased, it does not appear as if the entire destination is being erased. Is it possible that this option already does what I want it to do? Thanks, Michael B
  11. My wife uses her MacBook Pro mostly for photographs using iPhoto. I regularly copy her libraries to a portable FireWire drive and then from the FireWire drive onto my Mac Pro. iPhoto libraries appear in the finder as a Package. If you use control click and ask to "See package contents" you see that it really is more like a file folder, filled with files and other folders. On occasion my wife might go in and change one photo in "iPhoto Library" (which appears on the desktop as a package) by using iPhoto's editing tools. That jpg file is perhaps 2.5 MB. However, when I go to copy the changed library, what actually copies is something like 20 GB. It appears as if Retrospect is doing is copying the entire package "iPhoto Library." Is this what is happening? Is there no way to have Retrospect only copy the actual files within the package that have changed? Thanks. Michael B
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