Backing up external drive with Time Capsule?

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  1. djsound
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    I have a macbook pro that my Time Capsule backs up....but what if I get an external drive? Will Time Capsule also back that up? how does that work?
     
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    Nope

    Nope.

    Unless you put an alias of the folder of the hard drive you wanted to back up somewhere on your internal HD.
     
  3. flynz4
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    Thats not true...

    ... Yes, you can backup your external. By default, they are excluded by Time Machine. Navigate to System Preferences > Time Machine > Options and remove your external from the excluded list.

    /Jim
     
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    Der

    You are right, I am wrong.

    Dumb mistake by me.
     
  5. mic j
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    Who is right depends on where the drive is attached. If it's attached to the Mac, I think it can be included in the backup. If it's attached to a router, it cannot.
     
  6. flynz4
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    Correct. A drive attached to a router becomes a NAS.

    The term "External Drive" refers to a drive directly connected to your computer. Another term is DAS.

    By contrast... NAS drives are drives connected to the network (either via a router, or built in NAS functions, or through another computer. They cannot be backed up to Time Machine as far as I know.

    /Jim
     

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