Time Machine Question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by joelk2, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. joelk2 macrumors regular

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    Hello All,

    Im planning to get an external HDD and use time machne to backup 2 macbooks.

    I know you can get software to backup the macbook in schedule like at a certain time but will this work if i have closed the macbook and its sleeping?

    Regards

    Joel
     
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    Time Machine only works while a computer is awake.
     
  3. hayesk macrumors 65816

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    Time Machine is meant to "set it and forget it." So your MacBook will back itself up when you wake it up (within an hour) It's not really a big strain on the CPU so I wouldn't bother with scheduling.
     
  4. joelk2 thread starter macrumors regular

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    ahh ok and from what ive read after the initial backup the incremental ones dont take time anyways.

    Thanks all.
     
  5. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    True, no more than a minute or two in most cases.
     

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