Time Capsule + USB External Drive

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  1. rselover, Oct 17, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2014

    rselover macrumors newbie

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    Simple Question: I connected a USB drive ["Harwood"] to my Time Capsule to make it accessible over the network. Is it Backed up?

    Complex Question: How do I access its backup via Time Machine?

    More Complex: Of course Harwood died. How can I recover the data? I never chose to 'exclude it' but also never checked.

    I have another external drive ["eGo" - only connected to MacBook via USB] - when I browse to the Data portion of my Time Capsule, and launch the backups as disk images, I can see that eGo was backed up, but not Harwood.

    I used to connect Harwood by USB, and again never chose to exclude it so far as I can remember, but I just don't see it in the backups, the way I do eGo.

    I ran this by a Mac tech support buddy, and he thinks I'm screwed, but I'm desperate... [We disassembled Harwood and connected it via a SATA adapter, but he said he heard the 'spinning wheel of death' - we tried a few wrist twists and a controlled drop to revitalize it, but no luck]
     
  2. Altemose macrumors G3

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    Plugging in a USB drive to a Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme does not back it up. You would have had to have some sort of backup plan in place.
     
  3. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    External drives are excluded by default. You have to manually include them (In time machine preferences).

    There is no software running on the time capsule to backup a drive connected to it. You would have to run an app on one of your Macs, like CCC, and set it up to backup that drive on a schedule.

    Sorry, sometimes freezing the drive helps, but it sounds like a dead drive. Dunno if one of those data recovery services can retrieve any data off of it.
     

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