Backup external drive to Time Capsule?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by clonreher, May 10, 2009.

  1. clonreher macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2008
    Hi all. Apologies if this has been covered off before (and I'm sure it has), but I was wondering whether it's straightforward to use Time Capsule to backup another external drive connected to my imac/the TC?

    The idea would be to use the external to archive sensitive documents etc and keep these off the imac's internal drive altogether.

  2. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Connected to the Mac, yes.
    Connected to the TC, no.

    If you connect it to your Mac, you can go into Time Machine prefs and uncheck the external drive from the list of excluded drives/folders to be able to back it up to the TC (it's excluded by default).

    If connected to the TC, the only things you can use it for are to share it on your network as a NAS, back up to it via Time Machine, or use it to archive your Time Capsule's hard disk.
  3. clonreher thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2008
    Thanks for that. Bit of a shame - if someone's going to nick my imac, they're going to take the external too. At least with the TC it can be in a different room altogether.

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