how to back up external hardrive using time machine?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by badger128, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. badger128 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    i seem to be having a problem, i have an IMAC with 2 external hardrives connect via ethernet (router). one of them is set up for time machine and works great in backing up my internal IMAC hardrive, however no matter what i do i can not get time machine to back up my second external hardrive, which is annoying as i store all of my media files on this second drive!

    is it a case of having to plug it in via firewire/usb?? this isnt really a good answer as file transfer would be too slow!

    any help would be much appreciated

    thanks
    badger128
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you check your Time Machine preferences, to make sure the external drive isn't on the excluded list?
     
  3. badger128 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hi,
    thanks for the reply, the answer is yes i have checked the time machine prefrences and at present nothing is on the exclude list. i feel like it should be really easy to setup but you dont seem to get many options with time machine!


    badger128
     
  4. kuebby macrumors 68000

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    If it's not in the excluded drives list it should be being backed up.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    One of the many reasons I prefer to use Carbon Copy Cloner for backups.
     
  6. badger128 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the info, i have down loaded CCC but still cant select my NAS drive! any ideas?

    thanks
    badger128
     
  7. Chris5488 macrumors regular

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    Why would you want to use Time Machine to backup a NAS?
    You are supposed to use it the other way around, the NAS as a Time Machine target!

    Backing up data on your NAS to what? Another NAS??

    Time Machine is for backing up your Mac.
     
  8. badger128 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi chris5488

    i understand what you are saying chris, but unfortunatly i have out grown my imac internal hardrive, for this reason i have bought another NAS drive to put all my media files into (picture&music), i used a NAS drive so that others in my household could also store info on the drive from the network. i just want to be able to back this info up as well as my mac internal drive!

    hope this is clearer?

    badger128
     

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