Time Machine and backing up

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by downingp, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. downingp macrumors 6502a

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    Is it bad to have an external drive power up, back up, and power down every hour? Will it decrease the life of the hard drive? I have a western digital 1TB My Book.
    I feel backing up every hour isn't really necessary in my situation; maybe daily or weekly would be better. If, however, it doesn't hurt the drive to power up and power down every hour, I guess it doesn't hurt to back up that often.

    What do you guys think? Thanks.
     
  2. Chris204 macrumors regular

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    I'm kind of wondering the same thing. I don't need an hourly backup... maybe once a day. Can this be done?
     
  3. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    I've always been under the assumption that leaving computer equipment ON puts less wear and tear than power on/off constantly.

    Personally, I'd just leave it on and running all the time.....drives are built for that.

    As for the scheduler, I know there is this program:
    http://www.klieme.com/TimeMachineScheduler.html

    I have not used it, and don't know anyone who has, so I'd try/use at your own risk.

    -Kevin
     
  4. downingp thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It seems like the My Books by Western Digital have a built in mechanism to turn off after being idle for a certain time. Is there a way to turn that off so the drive is always on?
     
  5. DJAKO macrumors 6502a

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    Taken from another thread...

     

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