Extra drive in Mac Pro as time machine?

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

  1. ghostchild macrumors 6502

    ghostchild

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    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

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    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

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    Yes, i do this and there are of course no problems!
     
  4. kragwood macrumors newbie

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    I have my HDD partitioned into two volumes. One is for Time Machine and the other is for a clone.
     
  5. handheldgames macrumors 6502a

    handheldgames

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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