Forum Question: Mobile Me, Automator Sync

If I can make a request, I would love to see how to set automator to update mobile me nightly to back up certain folders. Interested to see if it can find changes and only transfer that, or will it have to backup the entire folder contents nightly.

Comments: 8 Responses to “Mobile Me, Automator Sync”

    2/4/11 @ 2:53 pm

    I wouldn’t use Automator for this. Instead, I’d use a program called “Backup.” And if you have MobileMe, then you have Backup — it is part of MobileMe.
    Go to your iDisk and look for the Software folder. Inside there will be an installer for Backup. This is the backup software that Apple made before there was Time Machine. But they still maintain it since it is useful for doing exactly what you are looking for.
    Once you have installed it, run it and look at the interface. There is a lot you can do with it. In your case you can set up a custom backup to backup specific folders to MobileMe every night.

      2/5/11 @ 1:14 am

      Wow Gary, piece of cake. I dont know how this gem is going unnoticed.

      Should i push my luck, next question to be posted as a new topic.

      2/9/11 @ 12:42 pm

      Gary, it looks like every night, this backup plan tries uploading the entire 8 gigs nightly. Is there anyway to just have the changes uploaded.

        2/9/11 @ 12:50 pm

        Are you sure? It shouldn’t be. It should only update the files that have changed. How do you know it is uploading 8GB? It compares the whole 8GB, but shouldn’t upload anything that matches.

          2/9/11 @ 7:08 pm

          Maybe i am doing something wrong. It too like 2 days to upload 16 gigs to mobile me. I never got it to complete so i broker it into 2. So i upload 8 gigs of my documents. It completed successfully, but when i go to mobile me i do not see them. (does it save as a backup or as a files just like my computer has them)

          Then after the success, i made no changes and let the auto update do its thing last night. I saw it start at midnight and this morning it was still running. Again, no changes were made.

          Any ideas or know where i can get support?


            2/9/11 @ 7:20 pm

            You uploaded the files manually, and then used “Backup” — that’s not the way to do it. You need to create a backup schedule in “Backup” and let it do its thing. if you upload manually, it doesn’t know anything about what it is up there. Read the Help in the “Backup” application.

              2/10/11 @ 3:48 pm

              No i used backup the first time and it took about 24 hours.
              Then i sed backup the next night in its automated capacity, and it took off at midnight and will still running at 7am, this was with no changes in that folder?
              And i cant see the items that were backed up successfully in mobile me or in idisk?

                2/10/11 @ 5:34 pm

                Hmmm. I don’t know. Sounds like something may not be configured correctly. You shouldn’t be able to see the backup archive files in your iDisk, in the “Backup” folder there. It should appear as a single file for the entire backup named after whatever you called the backup.
                As a test I just created a backup and added a folder to it with 23MB of files. Then I did the backup. Took a few minutes to upload. Then I immediately did the backup again and it took seconds to check the files and conclude that none needed to be updated.

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