Time Machine automatically takes backups every hour of the last day, every day of the last month, etcetera.
I just finished setting up a new Mavericks installation, and turned it on.
It took one snapshot. 22 gigs. But then one hour later it took another one. Another 22 gigs.
What a waste of space! I didn't even touch my computer in between these two backups(even though my MacBook does seem to have doodled half a gig into existence).
This is horrible! All it is doing is copying my entire filesystem into a folder on my harddrive. I can do that myself! And then I can do it at sensible junctures.
For example, let's say I'm going to evaluate a dozen text editors, some of which I need to compile from the command line, involving homebrew, Mac Ports, filling my file system with nonsense that very possibly isn't going to get removed cleanly.
So I would first backup, try all the competitors out, then revert and install the winner, and take another backup.
As far as I can see, I can just create a folder on my external hard drive and drag drop my filesystem into it. Then I should be able to, from within disk utility, "restore from Time Machine backup" and just select the folder.
This has the added bonus that I can create sensible folder names for my various backups.
Can anyone confirm, can I do this? Is there a better way?