Time Machine with iPhoto and iTunes library on external drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sigamy, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    I searched but couldn't find an answer to this...Will Time Machine backup changes to my iPhoto and iTunes libraries if those libraries are not on my internal drive?

    I have these on an external firewire drive. I'll get another external for TM, but I heard on a podcast today that TM only backs up your internal drives. Seems like it should be smart enought to just see where your libraries are stored...

    Any first hand knowledge on this?
  2. pjh macrumors regular


    Sep 25, 2007
    Airstrip 1
    I'm in similar sitution and would certainly be interested in the answer to this.
  3. tpetdoctor macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2007
    time machine support for external drives (mainly for iphoto and itunes libraries)

    My itunes library is over 180gb and it doesn't fit on my laptop. Therefore I have my library on a networked drive. Even though this is an external drive, I would still like to have a duplicate copy of my data on the separate time machine drive just in case something happens to all of my music.

    Hopefully Apple will extend support for this seemingly common practice with itunes/iphoto libs being on external drives.

    Does anyone know of any 3rd party tweaks or ways to hack time machine to do this until Apple updates time machine?

    Also will other people with the same problem please take the time to register at macrumors and post here so that others know that this is a common problem.

    Thanks so much!!!

    - Paul
    musician and educator
  4. theman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 26, 2007
    I think for something as valuable as 180gb of music, you shouldn't be relying on time machine to back it up. you should manually do it yourself. how often do you add/change the files in your collection?
  5. daemontrader macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2007
    Time Machine does allow backing up from your external drives. I think by default it may add them all to the exclude list but you can simply remove them in the settings. I have all my data on an external firewire RAID and Time Machine backs it up fine.

  6. alexandrend macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2007
    It is true.
    Both my iPhoto and iTunes libraries are located in an external disk. You just have to remove the external disk from the "Exclude list" in Time Machine.
  7. dborja macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
    Northern California
    Same question here. My external iTunes and iPhoto drive is not on the exclude list and is not being "watched" by TM. .Mac Backup doesn't do it either. I'd like the fix too.

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