Eject Time Machine Drive?

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  1. soynutz macrumors newbie

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    #1
    I currently have Time Machine backups going to an external USB hard drive. I'm wondering if it's ok to eject the TM drive without losing the backups. I'm hoping that I can remove the drive (when it's in between backups, of course) then reconnect it, and it will continue the backups as before, updating anything I did when it wasn't plugged in.

    Please correct me if I'm wrong.

    I use a MacBook Pro with 2 USB ports. It would be nice to not have my Time Machine drive plugged in all the time.
    Thanks.
     
  2. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    You can eject the external drive when not being used for Time Machine backups. When you reconnect, Time Machine should work as it is supposed to.
     
  3. MLinneer macrumors regular

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    I do this all the time with the external USB Time Machine drive I use with my MacBook Air. It's a Toshiba 500Gb that I split into 2 250Gb partitions... one Time Machine and one for my 175Gb iTunes library.
     
  4. hallux macrumors 68020

    hallux

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    I only connect my TM drive every 10-14 days, usually when the reminder to do so pops up from TM.
     
  5. soloer macrumors 6502a

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    I have a weekly reminder to plug in my external drive to do a TM backup. Otherwise it's never plugged in.
     

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