Time Machine on a HDD that I turn on and off manually?

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  1. kylera macrumors 65816

    kylera

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    I'm making a Time Machine backup on an external hard drive, but the damn thing is so noisy that I can't leave the thing on for hours on end, so I only turn it on when needed. The nature of TM, though is that it makes incremental backups after the first big one. Can I set TM up so that it will work only when I turn my hard drive on? I know that my own self is the weakest link in the process in terms of remembering to turn the hard drive on, so you won't have to point that out.
     
  2. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Is the external an all in one unit? If so there isn't much you can do. If it won't spin down it won't.

    If it's in a caddy you can remove it from, better caddies have a chip that allow the drive to sleep. I guess you either sell your all in one a buy a new drive and a caddy, or put up with the noise.
     
  3. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    Its good to knows ones limitations. :)

    Yes, it is OK to use Time Machine with a drive that is only occasionally available. Backup will resume when you turn the drive on. You can either wait for the backup to start, or you can click "backup now" on the TM icon. You might consider a networked attached drive in the future that is located away from your work area. That would allow the drive to stay on without you hearing it, and backup to run unattended.

    /Jim
     
  4. kylera thread starter macrumors 65816

    kylera

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    I'm looking into that as we speak. Hopefully I'll have something better set up by next month.

    Somehow I doubt I'll find a better caddy. It's an ancient hard drive that I got for free from an old workplace. Specs from System Information:

    OXFORD IDE Device:

    Manufacturer: Oxford Semiconductor Ltd.
    Model: 0x1
    GUID: 0x30E006E044315D
    Maximum Speed: Up to 400 Mb/sec
    Connection Speed: Up to 400 Mb/sec
    Sub-units:
    OXFORD IDE Device Unit:
    Unit Software Version: 0x10483
    Unit Spec ID: 0x609E
    Firmware Revision: 0x102
    Product Revision Level: WK10
    Sub-units:
    OXFORD IDE Device SBP-LUN:
    Capacity: 300.07 GB (300,069,052,416 bytes)
    Removable Media: Yes
    BSD Name: disk4
    Partition Map Type: APM (Apple Partition Map)
    S.M.A.R.T. status: Not Supported
    Volumes:
    disk4s1:
    Capacity: 32 KB (32,256 bytes)
    BSD Name: disk4s1
    Content: Apple_partition_map
    Hardbox 300GB:
    Capacity: 299.93 GB (299,934,793,728 bytes)
    Available: 293.45 GB (293,453,574,144 bytes)
    Writable: Yes
    File System: Journaled HFS+
    BSD Name: disk4s3
    Mount Point: /Volumes/Hardbox 300GB
    Content: Apple_HFS
     
  5. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Good grief man, it's an antique!!:D
     
  6. kylera thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Indeed. The fact that it still works well is jaw dropping...but I'm not going to complain. Other than the noise :p
     

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