Changing Time Machine backup time

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

  1. chrisjhill macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2007
    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

    Sep 30, 2006
    I would like to know how to change the hour backup time as well :confused:
  3. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    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

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

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