How To Work Time Machine ???

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by musicmad2000, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. musicmad2000 macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2012

    I'm needing to back up data in my Mac 5.1 OS X Leopard 10.5 but not sure how to operate Time Machine? It confirms i need to add a time capsule etc.

    Apart from an external HD how else can i back up data in my Mac? is it possible to create a 2nd partition?

    Sorry new to OS X.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Time Machine FAQ

    You only need an external HDD, properly formatted and then enable TM to use that external HDD.

    Or you can use CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper to make a 1:1 copy of the internal HDD to an external HDD, as just backing up to another partition would defeats its purpose.

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  3. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Yes, you could partition your hard drive, and use the 2nd partition as your TM backup, however, that wouldn't protect you in the case of a HD failure.

    Buy an external hard drive (you don't need a Time Capsule), connect to Mac, turn on Time Machine, and let it do its thing.
  4. musicmad2000 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2012
    So Time Machine is not used for internal back-ups of DATA? rather it's used to back-up external drives?
  5. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Time Machine is used to backup any data, be it on an internal or external HDD, to an external HDD.

    from Mac 101: Time Machine

    from Time Machine (Mac OS)

    Both articles were found via "time machine" and a popular www search engine.

    And then there is also this: Time Machine FAQ, though it wasn't bold before, which has this to say:
  6. Dr Kevorkian94 macrumors 68020

    Jun 9, 2009
    SI, NY
    Well first turn it on then enter date and time, next turn time circuits on. Start put it into drive and accelerate to 88 mph, you should end up at your destination. But i think for your situation the previous posts would work better. :D
  7. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    Plug in an external drive. It doesn't have to be a time capsule.

    Use an internet service like Mozy or Jungle

    Linux, OSX, Windows, whatever, makes no difference it should be obvious what the major flaw in backing up your data on the same physical drive as your data is !!!
  8. Zwhaler, Mar 26, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2012

    Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    Remember, Time Machine will backup to an internal HDD if you have one installed. I backup the contents of 2 internal hard drives onto a third internal hard drive on my Mac Pro; this can be done in one step.

    To clarify, Time Machine is most used for protecting your data by backing up internal drives either to an external or to a separate internal hard drive in your machine.
  9. John T macrumors 68020

    John T

    Mar 18, 2006
    Absolutely! Running Time Machine on the internal is just plain stupid. Its objective is to create a running backup of the data on your internal HDD. If Time Machine runs on an external HDD it is ready to reinstate any data lost either by accident or failure of the internal drive. If, as has already been said, the backup data is on the internal HDD and this drive goes down all data is obviously lost!
  10. musicmad2000 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 15, 2012
    Excellent clearly understood, thanks to everyone for all your helpful information.

    Great forum. :)

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