time machine - possible to back up once a week only if i want?

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  1. volcom883 macrumors regular

    volcom883

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    hi,
    im getting my 17" MBP next week. i got a question about time machine app.
    do i have to leave the back up HD constantly on?
    is it possible that i turn the external back up HD on lets say once a week, run the time machine and do a back up of all changes?
    thanks
     
  2. iPhil macrumors 68040

    iPhil

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    Backup then turn-off time machine and repeat weekly..
     
  3. 11800506 macrumors 65816

    11800506

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    Yes that's completely fine. I do it with my Macbook Pro. All you have to do is remember to do turn the hard drive back on.
     
  4. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    There's a shareware/freeware program that allows you to set a schedule (e.g., daily at 3am, weekly Sunday at 4am). I forget the name, but surely a search on version tracker will turn it up.
     
  5. volcom883 thread starter macrumors regular

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    good thanks guy. im gonna order a 1TB hd then.
    thanks
     
  6. volcom883 thread starter macrumors regular

    volcom883

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    ok, just set up my external 1TB HD as time machine default back up device. it has already done a 32gb backup.

    can i add my 500GB and 160GB external HDs to be backup up by time machine automatically too?
     
  7. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    I never thought of the obvious--just shut it off--lol Every hour can get a bit annoying after awhile. :eek:
     
  8. gdphishman817 macrumors newbie

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    I use and applescript with ical to backup twice a day
     
  9. petermcphee macrumors 6502a

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    This looks like a winner. Does anyone have any experience with how well this operates?
     
  10. illegallydead macrumors 6502a

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    I just turn "automatic backups" off. I click back up now whenever I need it, or after I have made some big changes. I will try that editor... every hour is absolutely rediculous. I am not retarded enough to need hourly backups in case I mess up a file. If I do, then I am cool with living with the consequences. I would much rather have backups far into the past than a huge emphasis on the last 24 hrs...
     
  11. Kyriacos macrumors newbie

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    Thanks a lot mate, you save my life. I was looking for something like that months now!
     

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