Carbonite Support > Pausing Carbonite

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Pausing Carbonite

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Carbonite 1.x

Pausing Through the Lock Icon

When you install Carbonite on your Mac, a small lock icon is placed in you menu bar. This lock icon can be used to easily pause Carbonite for 24 hours.

Click the Carbonite lock icon in the menu bar and select Pause for 24 hours.

Lock Icon: Pause for 24 hours
Pausing through the Carbonite Preference Pane

If you open the Carbonite Preference pane, you can pause Carbonite. Selecting Pause will cease Carbonite back up operations for 24 hours or until it is re-enabled.

Click the Apple symbol in the menu bar and select System Preferences to open the System Preferences window.

Apple Menu: System Preferences

Note: To open the Carbonite Preference pane, you can also click the Carbonite lock icon in the menu bar and select Open Carbonite Preferences....

Within the System Preferences window, click on the Carbonite icon.

System Preferences Window

The Carbonite Preference pane will be displayed.

Carbonite Preference Pane

Within the Backup Is: drop-down menu, select Paused.

Carbonite Preference Pane: Paused

When you pause Carbonite, it will remain paused for 24 hours or until you re-enable it.

To re-enable Carbonite, open the Backup Is: drop-down menu and select Enabled.

Enable through Backup Is

Carbonite 2.x

Pausing Carbonite 2.x Through the User Interface

If you have Carbonite version 2.x, you can pause Carbonite from the Carbonite User Interface.

Click the Carbonite icon in the menu bar and select Open Carbonite to open the Carbonite User Interface.

Open Carbonite User Interface

When the Carbonite User Interface is displayed, click Pause Your Backup to Pause Carbonite and free up system resources for other processes.

Pause Carbonite

To resume your backup, simply click the Resume Your Backup button when you are ready.

Resume Carbonite
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