Another Time Machine question?

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  1. snerkler macrumors 6502a

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    When backing up using time machine can you set to to backup external drives connected to the Mac as well. I'm quickly running out of room thanks to my photography so need to shift my photos to an external drive, but I'd obviously like a back up of this too. At present I drag and drop recent files if I want to copy/back them up to another external drive, but I'd like to back up an external drive in the same way as time machine backs up my Mac, ie automatically detects the changes and backs these up.

    Any info appreciated.
     
  2. SandboxGeneral, Jun 5, 2014
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    No you can't that I am aware of. I've wanted to do the same and there is no option to include drives that are not the primary OS X drive. Only options to exclude folders are there.

    Maybe there is a hack out there that could enable that, but I don't know.

    You should probably look at using a different backup utility that will allow you to include the external drives.


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  3. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OK thanks.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yes you can. What happens is external drives are automatically added to the exclude list under Time Machine Options so they do not get backed up. So what you need to do is attach an external then go to the exclude pane and drag it out. You will be all set.
     
  5. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus

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    No kidding! I never realized that could be done. :eek:

    Learning has occurred! Thanks. :)
     
  6. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Great thanks :)
     
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    My mother used to say I was not as dumb as I looked. :p
     
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