Backup volumes on desktop different colour. Why?

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  1. Miqs macrumors member

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    I have 2 backup volumes linked to my iMac. Usually they are both coloured yellow on my desktop but I have noticed one now has changed to green. What does this mean?
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  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    As Above it’s probably part of an update that allows easy recognition
     
  4. mj_ macrumors regular

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    Because Time Machine volumes have a separate icon. The green one is your currently active Time Machine volume, the orange one is a regular external volume with no particular significance to macOS.
     
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  6. fivenotrump macrumors 6502

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    This is inconsistent: external TM volumes do not always show the green TM icon.
     
  7. mj_ macrumors regular

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    They do as soon as the system identifies them as currently active Time Machine volume. In other words: they're orange when first plugged in but change to green once they've been properly identified, which usually takes a few minutes.
     
  8. fivenotrump macrumors 6502

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    Not always. I have a Time Capsule always connected and an external disk that I connect weekly. The latter always had the generic orange icon until I manually copied the green one.
     

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