How does Time Machine work with an external HD?

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  1. stanny macrumors 6502

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    I would like to set up Time Machine with an external HD. Is it worth it? Isn't it supposed to be a seamless backup over a network storage? But if I have to keep plugging my external HD in everytime I would like to backup, will that be good enough? Say, I plug in my external HD every 2 weeks, that would give me a good sufficient Time Machine backup? How long does it take?
     
  2. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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    Hey,

    Yes time machine is worth it and if you have an NAS (network attached storage) eg. a time capsule you can back up wirelessly.


    You would have to keep your HD plugged in all the time as time machine backups up every hour.


    In your case I would rather use a software like superduper or ccc and clone my HD to the external harddrive every 1-2 weeks.They also allow you to chose what you want to backup.

    Cheers
     

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