help with time capsule

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ventuss, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. ventuss macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2011
    I want to use time machine to backup an external drive, problem is, I don't want to keep the drive plugged on the iMac everyday, and backups happens every hour.

    Is there any way to make it back up the external drive only when I manually ask?
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    It will back it up when it's plugged in, just turn on Time Machine - make sure the initial backup completes - then leave it on.

    The backups will occur hourly, if you want to force an immediate backup (i.e. you want to plug it in & get the backup updated without waiting for the next hourly run) click the Time Machine icon > Back Up Now
  3. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    This program will do what you want and more...

    However, once it is plugged in, just leave it. Time Machine is not disruptive at all, and you will be totally backed up when the unthinkable hard drive failure happens.
  4. mojolicious macrumors 68000


    Mar 18, 2014
    Sarf London
    1) Open Time Machine preference panel
    2) Turn Time Machine to 'off'
    3) Tick the 'Show Time Machine in menu bar' box
    4) Run backups manually using 'backup now' from said menu bar item

    You might also want to look at the Time Machine Backup Schuduler (linked in the preceding post); the very similar and significantly cheaper TimeMachineScheduler, and TimeMachineEditor.

    I've played with all the above apps and ended up going for the fully manual option, because a) I trust myself not to forget, and b) I don't want an external drive on my desktop all the time.

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