Help with TimeMachine please?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by WannaApple?, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. WannaApple? macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2008
    So this is my first Macbook, had it a week and loving it! But, still trying to get used to some things and so my first question is in regards to TimeMachine. I want to have a backup just in case I ever have problems, but when I go to setup TimeMachine and TimeCapsule, it scans for a wireless device (Im assuming an external hard drive to back up to?) and doesnt find one, so I cant set it up. Doesnt Mac have the option to backup directly to the internal HD? And how do I do that if it wont let me turn on TimeMachine? Can someone explain this to me and tell me how I can schedule backups? Thanks!
  2. firstapple macrumors 6502a


    Sep 25, 2007
    Congrats on the mac! Follow this link to see if any of these support documents on Apple's website helps:

    Apple Support: Time Machine

    If this doesn't help let us know and we can try and help you out better.
  3. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    If you have a Mac Pro with separate internal drives, I think you can do that.

    If your Mac only has one internal drive, then you'd need either an external USB/firewire drive or the wireless Time Capsule device that Apple sells.

    Once you get Time Machine setup, you don't have to schedule anything. As long as your external drive is plugged in (or your machine has access to the wireless Time Capsule), OS X will backup hourly any files that have changed since the last backup.

    Time Machine is an awesome feature! :)
  4. WannaApple? thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2008
    Ok, that was my answer thanks. I went looking through the Apple website, but I couldnt understand it LOL I dont have a MobileMe account and only have a basic MB, so I wasnt aware that I couldnt backup to the internal HD like Windows does. Guess I'll have to invest in a TimeCapsule eventually.

    Edit: OUCH! I just looked at the prices for those things! I cant afford to spend several hundred dollars right now for a backup device. I dont want something hooked into my laptop either since it is portable and I move it around a lot. Can someone recommend the cheapest, easiest way to backup then? Is MobileMe going to be the cheapest?
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    The Time Capsule is pretty cool (I love wireless backups), but all you really need to get going with Time Machine is an external hard drive. Those are pretty cheap (Target, Walmart), if you don't already have one laying around.

    The thing about backing up to the internal HD is that if that HD crashes, you lose your original data + backups. I think that's why Apple insists that the backups go on a physically different HD. :confused:

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