Time Machine not backing up when I plug in my hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lamina, May 25, 2008.

  1. lamina macrumors 68000

    lamina

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    #1
    I have a laptop, and I'd like Time Machine to automatically start backing up when I plug the external hard drive into my MacBook.

    It says that it will backup next "When disk is connected", but I have to start it manually each time.
     
  2. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816

    Mr.Noisy

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    I don't think there is a way to get TM to back up Automatically when the hdd is connected, I use an external but it's not always switched on, i just gor to TM prefs and back up now, No biggy and jobs done.
     
  3. merl1n macrumors 65816

    merl1n

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    #3
    This may apply to your situation:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1550?viewlocale=en_US

    If you follow these instructions, it will re-format your disk so TM will have to do another "initial" backup which will take a few hours.

    But this may fix your problem. TM does do backups automatically.

    The other question I have, is when you plug in your drive and it mounts on your desktop (or side panel in a Finder Window), do you wait a few minutes for TM. Sometimes TM waits a few minutes before starting an automatic backup.
     
  4. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000

    lamina

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    That solved the problem. Thanks a lot. I just wasn't waiting a few minutes for it to automatically back up.
     

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