Time machine question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by -Josh-, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. -Josh- macrumors regular

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    I understand time machine updates every hour on information change to your external drive. However, I am uncertain how that will be useful for my laptop. I'm always moving it. Can I casually plug it in and have it backup my data? is that efficient?


    Thanks,

    Josh
     
  2. djejrejk macrumors 6502a

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    Time machine does not back up "As soon as you plug your drive in", however it usually performs a backup with 30 mins. I use it with my macbook pro and have had no problems.
     
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If you miss a scheduled backup Time Machine will run a backup as soon as you're plugged back in.

    It doesn't hurt to just tell it to backup now either.
     
  4. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

    EvryDayImShufln

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    If it doesnt do it right away, you can plug it in, and right click the time machine icon on the dock --> select Back up now.

    That should do it
     
  5. Taipan07728 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for asking the question and thanks for the responses!

    Hi everyone. I had the exact same question and I just wanted to thank the original poster for asking the question and everyone else for their responses. Thanks:)
     
  6. devman macrumors 65816

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    It will only auto-backup once plugged back in if your laptop is on AC power. If it's on battery, then time machine won't run a backup unless you explicitly select Backup Now.
     

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