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21
Dec

The New and Improved Mozy for Mac 1.6

Of course, it can’t really be both new and improved. Logically, it has to be one or the other. It’s just that I’m excited about the 1.6 release of Mozy’s Mac client. It was finished last week and the response has been very positive.

It seems that with #Mozy for #Mac 1.6 it’s finally reliable. Awesome! — @donut2d

Latest Mozy update (1.6) on Mac OS X is a major improvement – it actually works, and doesn’t suck out all of your RAM. — @mmetcalfe

Our last few releases, while making improvements in many areas, seemed to have lingering and subtle problems. With the 1.6 version, we hope to have finally put them behind us.

We turned on auto-update today. If Mozy hasn’t updated itself yet, please feel free to grab the latest version of MozyHome (or MozyPro) and let us know what you think.

Official List of Changes

You can see the official list at the pages linked above. Mozy only makes the list of changes available for the current release, so I’ve copied them here for the future. You can see the changes in Mozy for Mac 1.4 and Mozy for Mac 1.5 too.

Enhancements

  • Removed dependency on Spotlight since Spotlight queries are unreliable under certain circumstances
  • Changes to backup selections are now saved automatically
  • Reduced memory usage
  • Decrease size of SupportFiles.zip file
  • Improved the performance of the Configuration window
  • Improved support for Snow Leopard and fixed issues caused by Snow Leopard’s 64-bit architecture
  • Improved interaction between Mozy’s preferences and Snow Leopard; Mozy’s preferences no longer require System Preferences to be re-started
  • Improved the use of temporary files
  • Improved reports in Admin Console for Pro users
  • Improved support of our external drive feature by addressing edge cases that can cause stability issues
  • Improved feedback when setting a preference to an invalid value
  • Improved error handling when an auto-update fails to download successfully
  • Added support for nine non-English languages
  • Added the ability to delete a Backup Set using the keyboard
  • Added the ability to undo and redo configuration changes
  • Added the ability to sort Backup Sets by file count or total size
  • Added history information to main Configuration window
  • Added “Install updates automatically” checkbox to dialog which prompts user to upgrade
  • Added ability to manually check for an update
  • Added ability to back up network drives using the NFS protocol for Pro users

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed issues which caused the “Show status in menu bar” preference to not work properly
  • Fixed the link in the Readme file for downloading the software
  • Fixed a computer name display issue in the Setup Assistant
  • Fixed an issue causing the Configuration window to crash when browsing a folder with lots of files
  • Fixed an issue which caused the file exclusion warning to not show up properly
  • Fixed an issue which caused network connection errors
  • Fixed an issue which caused several duplicate warning dialogs to appear
  • Fixed an issue which prevented the use of certain non-Roman characters in a password
  • Fixed an issue which caused a file to be accidentally excluded
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Backup Set Editor to display the wrong file size
  • Fixed an issue which caused files to be re-uploaded unnecessarily
  • Fixed an issue which caused files in Trash to be backed up

Languages

One of the two major changes in this release is support for nine languages in addition to American English:

  1. German
  2. Greek
  3. British English
  4. Castillian Spanish
  5. French
  6. Italian
  7. Dutch
  8. Portuguese
  9. Slovenian

If you have chosen one of those languages in System Preferences, Mozy will use it automatically. No assembly required. If you find spots where the translation doesn’t make sense, please let us know.

File Scanning

The other major change — the one I’m most excited about — is the new file scanning engine. This is how Mozy finds all your files and decides which ones to back up.

In the past, we’ve depended on Spotlight, Apple’s file scanning feature in OS X, for about half of our scanning. Backup Sets that searched for files of a certain type used Spotlight. Backup Sets that matched a folder (and selections made in the Files & Folders tab) scanned the hard drive directly. We kept finding that Spotlight returned inconsistent results in some cases. So we decided to stop using it.

While we were making the change, we simplified how things work and made everything but the initial scan much, much faster. Mozy now uses far less memory, even when backing up millions of files. There are still some improvements we want to make, but the new file scanning engine makes Mozy feel rock solid.

Conclusion

If you’ve gotten this far, thanks for reading. Please feel free to drop me a note (dan at mozy dot com) with any comments or suggestions. Oh, and Mozy for Mac 1.6 has two new easter eggs. :-)

If you’re new to Mozy, you can try our 2GB-for-free, no-strings-attached version here.

2
May

Boot Camp and Snow Leopard at the Same Time

I use Boot Camp to play computer games for Windows on my Mac. Recently, I decided to try out the new version of OS X, called Snow Leopard. It hasn’t been released yet, as it’s still under development, so I wanted to keep my existing installation. I had hoped to find a way to get all three systems (OS X 10.5, OS X 10.6, and Windows) installed at the same time. However, Boot Camp requires there be two and only two partitions on the disk. Initially, it looked like I had to choose between Boot Camp and Snow Leopard.

Then I ran across an application called Winclone that will backup and restore Boot Camp partitions. Since OS X supports resizing disk partitions without losing data (non-destructive partitioning), I came up with a solution that allows me to switch between Boot Camp and Snow Leopard fairly easily.

I use the following procedures to switch from Boot Camp to Snow Leopard and back again without losing data on my Boot Camp partition or my normal installation. If needed, I suspect Disk Utility could be used to backup and restore a Snow Leopard partition. For now, I’ll leave that as a homework assignment. I don’t mind a fresh install of Snow Leopard each time.

To Switch from Boot Camp to Snow Leopard

  1. Open Winclone
  2. Choose the Boot Camp partition as source
  3. Click the Image button
  4. Close Winclone
  5. Open Disk Utility
  6. Delete the existing Boot Camp partition
  7. Add an 8GB partition for the Snow Leopard installer (skip this step if you burn a DVD instead)
  8. Add a partition for Snow Leopard and name it something you’ll remember
  9. Use Disk Utility to restore the Snow Leopard installer disk image to the 8GB partition
  10. Reboot and hold down the Option key during the boot process
  11. Select the “Mac OS X Install DVD” partition
  12. Go through the Snow Leopard install process
  13. Install on the larger partition created earlier (be careful NOT to erase your current installation)
  14. Rebooting at the end of the installation will take you into Snow Leopard
  15. If desired, change your default partition in System Preferences under Startup Disk

To Switch from Snow Leopard to Boot Camp

  1. Open Disk Utility
  2. Delete the Snow Leopard partitions
  3. Change the remaining partition (your normal system) so that it fills the whole disk
  4. Close Disk Utility
  5. Open the Boot Camp Assistant
  6. Choose how big you want to make your Boot Camp partition (pick the same size each time)
  7. Click the Partition button
  8. Choose the option to Quit and Install Later
  9. Open Winclone
  10. Select the Restore tab
  11. Drag or select your Boot Camp backup
  12. The destination partition should be called BOOTCAMP (be careful NOT to erase your current installation)
  13. Click the Calculate button to verify that your backup size matches your partition size
  14. Click the Restore button
  15. Close Winclone
  16. If desired, reboot into Windows normally

I’ve gone back and forth now several times without any problems. It takes about 10 minutes to backup or restore a Boot Camp partition, but I don’t mind as I only switch a few times each month.

I do, however, highly recommend backing up your computer before trying this as it is easy to erase the wrong partition. Mozy (use code DANCHERYL for 15% off), Time Machine or SuperDuper! will all work. Because I’m paranoid, I use all three. :)