Time Machine behavior when backing up external HDD

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Elo Everidge, Jan 23, 2008.

  1. Elo Everidge macrumors newbie

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    Here's a little info on Time Machine's behavior that I haven't found anywhere else. I hope you find it useful.

    I use Time Machine to back up not only my laptop's internal hard drive but also two external drives -- all three get backed up to a third 1 TB disk.

    Now the question is this: what will Time Machine do when the backup drive is connected but the two drives it's supposed to back up are not? Will it treat the files on the disconnected drives as no longer existing and act accordingly (as if a folder had been deleted) or will it guess that the drive is simply disconnected and treat those files as still existing but unchanged?

    Since I did not find the answer to this question anywhere I decided to try it. And the answer is: Time Machine acts smart in this situation. It assumes that unmounted volumes are unchanged and does *not* treat them as if all files had been deleted. Kudos to Apple for anticipating this but thumbs down for not documenting it (at least nowhere I could find).
     
  2. theman macrumors 6502a

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    thanks for doing this. if I ever get a 2nd storage-only external drive, I will not worry about this. one thing though, TM seems so far to be somewhat unpredictable, and the more crazy and weird things you do, the greater chance of some disaster....
     
  3. DeathscytheSeph macrumors newbie

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    urr I have a question on TM too. if I have TM back up on the ext. HDD. when I disconnect TM drive TM what TM do?
    1. do nothing and come back to work again when I connect the TM HDD. or
    2. back up on the OS drive or Internal drive and when I connect the TM HDD, TM will move backuped file to the TM drive.
    3. Other. if other please tell me.
     
  4. Elo Everidge thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It will do (1). You can safely eject the TM drive at any time, even while a backup is in process. TM will pick up where it left off when you reconnect the drive.
     

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