Backing up Flash Drive with time Machine

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  1. big_malk macrumors 6502a

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    Can Time Machine backup flash drives? So every time I plug it in, it backs up anything that has changed.

    Just to be clear, I'm not trying to save the backups onto the flash drive, which is what a lot of people seem to want to do, but rather to backup the contents of the flash drive onto my mac.

    Currently I have an automator script on the flash drive which, when I run it, copies everything into an archive on my mac. But this isn't a very ideal solution, since it copies everything even if it hasn't changed.
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    It should be able to. Just add the flash drive to the list of devices you want backed up, and Time Machine will do the rest.
     
  3. big_malk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I cant see any option to add disks I want to be backed up, only a list of locations I want excluded from the backups?
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Oh.:eek: I forgot that Time Machine does that...

    Anyway, try plugging in the flash drive then bringing up that screen where you exclude stuff. UNcheck the box for the flash disk.
     
  5. big_malk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    All there is in the list are things I've already added to the exclude list and the backup drive, I can only un-exclude (if that's a word) the things in the list.
    So I can't un-exclude the flash drive.
     
  6. Mal macrumors 603

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    I believe Time Machine is only designed to backup the internal drive, though I thought I had heard mention of warnings to exclude other drives, so I could be wrong. Have you tried plugging it in and starting a manual backup from TM? You should be able to then launch Time Machine with the flash drive mounted and see a previous point in time. Sorry if that's confusing, I haven't played with Time Machine much and so I haven't figured out the best way to refer to the way it displays.

    jW
     
  7. big_malk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, I'm not sure what you mean by doing a manual backup?
     
  8. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    For some reason, Apple hid this option in the contextual menu for the Time Machine dock icon.
     
  9. big_malk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I did a manual backup with the flash drive mounted, but there was no mention of excluding other drives or anything. It added another snapshot but didn't include my flash drive.
     
  10. kolax macrumors G3

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    Do you have the flash drive constantly plugged in?

    You're as bad as George Bush. Un-exclude...yes that is actually the word include.
     
  11. big_malk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, including something and removing it from the exclude list could potentially be two different things :p

    Yes it's been plugged in the whole time I've been trying this.
     
  12. llapierre macrumors newbie

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    Flash Drive Backup

    Hi I just bought a time capsule and was wondering if you ever figured out how to backup a flash drive automatically using time machine. This would be super helpful to me as I carry around all my important work on a flash drive and would love for it to backup automatically. Just wanted to check since it has been a few months since all this was posted.
     
  13. YetiSpaghetti macrumors newbie

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    Success! - Errm sort of...

    Time machine can back up flash drives, only if they are reformatted - however this unfortunately means you won't be able to use them on PCs, which is a pain for most of us :(

    If however you only use you flash drive for working on Macs then follow these steps to ensure your flash drive is backed up :)

    1.) Plug in your flash drive and turn on your Mac
    2.) Open Disk utility
    3.) Save any data on your flash drive you want to keep elsewhere
    4.) Select your flash drive from the list in disk utility and click the 'erase' submenu button
    5.) Select format : Mac OS extended (journaled)
    6.) Click the 'Erase...' button
    7.) Your flash drive is now formatted so that TimeMachine can back it up! (should not appear un-selectable in the Time machine Preferences options)
    8.) Open time machine preferences, options, then select your flash drive and click the '-' button to include in backups

    THIS ALSO WORKS FOR BACKING UP EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES :D

    Hope I helped :)
     

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