Changing Time Machine backup time

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by chrisjhill, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. chrisjhill macrumors newbie

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    England
    #1
    Just got my external WD My Book 750GB HDD - it's a beast! However, when running it is quite noisy (at least, I would say, noisy enough to keep me from sleeping). Time Machine does a backup, as you know, every hour. This causes it to awake from spin down (which is silent) which then turns noisy.

    Is there any way to either:
    a. Make the WD drive take shorter than 10 minutes to spin down?
    b. Make backups when I want (e.g. 8am - 10pm).

    I have found that I can edit a config file which contains the second itervals which backups run. I have also found TimeMachineEditor which provides a GUI to do this.

    What do you all think, is it safe to go changing the config files...?
     
  2. virtual macrumors member

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    Brazil
    #2
    I would like to know how to change the hour backup time as well :confused:
     
  3. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816

    Mr.Noisy

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    #3
    I Was told that there isn't a way to change the back up time on TM, but you can turn it off and just choose back up now as and when you want to back up - this advice was from an apple bloke at the shop so it may not be 100%
     
  4. baboyako macrumors newbie

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    Jan 11, 2008
    #4
    check this:
    timemachineeditor available in apple software site
     

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