Noob to MAC, question about Time machine.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sandman512, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. sandman512 macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2011
    So, I am loving my MBP and OSX. I want to back up my HD, particularly my iPhotos. I have an Airport Extreme with a 1 TB external hooked up to it. How does the time machine work? Will it back it up on a regular basis? Can I set the schedule? Does it just keep (1) copy of a back up and write over that each time it backs up? Sorry for the noob questions? Thanks!
  2. Hitch08 macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2008
    If you are loving you MBP and OSX, you will also love Time Machine.

    Time Machine keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups until your backup drive is full.

    Some complain that it backs up too often. Personally, I love it. I have a wife and two kids that aren't all that tech savvy. I have had a couple incidents over the last many years where it lost/couldn't find the back up HDD. Other than that, it just runs.

    Here's more information:
  3. sandman512, Oct 27, 2013
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    sandman512 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2011
    First, thanks for the reply. I assume that I can delete the backups as my HD gets full.

    PS: It looks like an external HD hooked up to a airport extreme won't work.
  4. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    There are also a couple of apps out there that allow you to schedule your own TM backup settings as hourly may be overkill for some.

    I use Time Machine Editor to do daily backups at a pre-specified time.

  5. DewGuy1999, Oct 27, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2013

    DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    Time Machine deletes older backups as the space is needed, automatically. Nope, won't work with an Airport Extreme.
  6. Hitch08 macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2008
    Which Airport Extreme do you have? Take a look at this article.

    Note this, in particular:
    "Time Machine can only back up to a external drive connected to an AirPort Extreme 802.11ac base station. Time Machine cannot back up data to external drives connected to other AirPort Extreme base station models."
  7. sandman512 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2011
  8. Hitch08 macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2008
    Looks like that is your issue. Kinda suxs, as that's an "N" router - certainly not old.

    I run a Time Capsule, so it's possible I am giving you the wrong answer. Maybe someone will come along and correct me?

    When did you buy the Extreme? Any chance you can still return it?
  9. throAU macrumors 601


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    2c. dedicate a hard drive entirely to time machine.

    Storing other data on your time machine drive just makes it ambiguous with regards to what is backed up and what isn't, and by using that drive for data you are reducing the number of backups available.

    If your drive is dedicated to time machine, time machine will delete old backups as required when it runs out of space.

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