MacBook and Time Machine on External HD

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  1. musicman1234 macrumors newbie

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    Ordered a 2.4 Al MacBook yesterday, along with a 500GB External HD for use with Time Machine. Obviously I won't have the HD connected all the time, so how often is it recommended I plug it in for a new backup?
     
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  5. ebika macrumors 6502

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    It boils down to what you consider acceptable if your laptop is stolen, your laptop's drive dies, you accidentally delete a file, or a file gets corrupted. If you're OK with day-old data, then once a day is fine. For most people, there is no regular rhythm to important data... there'll be days of just email and web surfing, when backups are relatively unimportant. Then there'll be the day when you finish your epic manuscript when you'll want the hourly backups running.

    If very little changes from backup to backup, Time Machine is very efficient about how much space is gobbled up, so don't worry there. People never regret backing up too much, only too little.
     
  6. musicman1234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    true. all i'm really worried about is my iTunes library (once i transfer it from my PC) and my movie collection
     
  7. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    I recommend once a day to plug it in. at night most likely since you get the days work backed up. However, if you can get 2 back ups it would be fine.

    As for my iTunes Library, I have 4 copies of it. One at home, one with me (MB), one with my Parents external HD, another at my brother's HD (lol, he likes it cause he can get to watch my movies)
     
  8. musicman1234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    haha then you have less to worry about than me!
     
  9. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    Any chance you are using wifi at home? Get an Airport and plug the HDD in to have TM working in the background all the time.
     
  10. musicman1234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    good idea, i hadn't thought of that before.
     

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