Extra drive in Mac Pro as time machine?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ghostchild, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. ghostchild macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2007
    Hey guys, just wondering if it was possible to use one of my extra drives in my mac pro as a time machine backup drive seamlessly? Sorry if dumb question. Never tried.
  2. Enigma macrumors member

    May 20, 2004
    That's exactly what I did. Dismantled an old external HDD I had sitting about, put the SATA drive in one of the spare bays in the Mac Pro and set it to the be Time Machine backup drive. Not had any problems at all so far.
  3. Sharky II macrumors 6502a

    Sharky II

    Jan 6, 2004
    United Kingdom
    Yes, i do this and there are of course no problems!
  4. kragwood macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2010
    I have my HDD partitioned into two volumes. One is for Time Machine and the other is for a clone.
  5. handheldgames macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2009
    Pacific NW, USA
    Pick up a Samsung F4 2TB hard disk at NewEgg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Iteam=N82E16822152245

    At $79.00 its a great buy. The drives are low power, super low heat and perform like a champ. Im running one of these as my internal time machine drive.
  6. macdemauro macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2011
    Technically there are no issues at all with an internal Time Machine. Personally, I would never go that route. In the last 6 years I have had to evacuate my home in a hurry on two occasions. Once in San Diego during wild fires and again in Tokyo when the big quake struck. My wife and I know that all we have to do is grab the small external HD (and the kids :D) and run out the door.

    Perhaps this sounds paranoid but you NEVER know when you may have to bug out in a hurry.
  7. Zerozal macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2009
    Yes, that's Bay 4 for me and it works great.

    However, I would be a bit paranoid about having an internal drive as my only backup, in the event of a catastrophic fire or electrical damage to the internals, which may wipe out the entire system. So, in addition to my internal Time Machine, I keep 2 additional external drives (1 offsite) that are only connected when needed for backup.
  8. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2010
    He is right. Using an internal drive for time machine doesn't protect you in case of a disaster in your house (or wherever the machine is). It will protect you from failed disks, accidental deletion of data, etc.

    But if I'm fleeing for my life, forget the data, RUN!!!

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