Time Capsule, check if external drive is being backed up

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  1. drtanz macrumors member

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    I have an external drive hooked up to my Macbook air, and have Time Machine doing backups to Time Capsule. How can I verify that the external drive is indeed being backed up? I have some important data on this external drive and want to be double sure that it is indeed being backed up.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Connect to it, and then go to the shortcut that says latest backup (or something to that effect)
     
  3. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    I don't think Time machine backs up external drives. If you open time machine preferences options you may see the external drive(s) in the excluded list and I don't think there is a way to include the drive.

    I use Carbon Copy Cloner to back up my external drives to the Time Capsule drive.
     
  4. drtanz thread starter macrumors member

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    That's totally incorrect.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    Why do you say that? It does back up external drives. I set my TM backup to exclude external disks, so it does see them and want to back them up
     
  6. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    You know thats right for drives formatted in Mac extended journaled. You can't seem to include drives in a RAID enclosure in a time machine backup... which is what I have and the source of my confusion. Good thing we have an extended community to catch those details. TM won't backup my FAT32 formatted SD card either.

    So how does the OP double check that his external drive is indeed backing up?
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    To double check you could just open a file/folder on the external then start the Time Machine star field interface and scroll back in time to make sure the file/folder selected is shown in the backup set.
     
  8. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    Is your RAID array a NAS or DAS? My DAS (Pegasus R4) is backed up by TM just fine. I do not think that TM will back up a NAS (but I've never tried).

    /Jim
     
  9. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    Its a OWC Guardian Maximus DAS, two drives hardware mirrored. I've used both USB3 and Firewire interfaces with it.
     
  10. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    With USB/FW... it should be a DAS.

    My system defaults to exclude all external drives from Time Machine Backup. However, by going in to TM setup, and removing the exclusion... then the DAS becomes part of the backup set for TM.

    /Jim
     
  11. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    Yes my system lists the drives in the exclusion list, but does not allow allow these drives to be removed from the list (they are grayed out).
     

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