Resolved Is it possible to use Time Machine to backup an external drive?

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  1. CFoss, May 26, 2011
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    CFoss macrumors 6502

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    In my hopes of purchasing a MacBook Pro, I wish to use an external hard drive to store my music due to space limitations. However, I want to back that up as well. Using Time Machine, can you backup both the internal HDD AND external HDD?
     
  2. PsyOpWarlord macrumors 6502

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    Yes you can.

    I have both my iMac and my external 2TB G-Raid (has all my music/movies) drive backing up via Time Machine to an external 2TB ioSafe Solo drive.
     
  3. glen e macrumors 68030

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    I back up using TM to a simple USB 500G iomega drive
     
  4. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you certainly can. I have an iMac, not a MBP, but I use Time Machine to back up the iMac's internal 320 GB drive and a 1 TB external drive, no problem.

    I'm not sure what the default is, though -- whether the external is automatically included in backups or is it put into the exclusion list by default? Just means you should go into "Time Machine Preferences ->Options..." and make sure the external is NOT in the exclusion list.
     
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