Unplugging Time Machine Backups hard drive?

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  1. AdamLikesMusic macrumors 6502

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    Until now, I've only used Time Machine on my iMac, so I haven't had to think about this.

    With my MBP, I'll be taking it with me places obviously. I have another hard drive I plan on using for Time Machine backups. I know this sounds stupid, but does this drive have to be plugged in all the time? Can I just plug it in occasionally and have it sync up? (Like whenever I get back home, just plug it back in)

    (I haven't had a laptop in nearly 5 years, so it's all new to me :eek: )

    Thanks.

    (I tried searching, but wasn't sure how to word what I'm trying to ask. Hopefully I made sense.)
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Yes, you can unplug it
    I will back up when you plug back in

    Time Machine is really a no-brainer

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. NP3 macrumors regular

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    Correct, you can unplug it. As usual, make sure to eject it on the desktop first. Personally, I have it set to manual updates, so I just do it occasionally. It's up to you.
     
  4. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    I unplug mine too, and just simply plug it back in when i get home from work and let it backup - it won't cause any problems. Just remember to backup!
     
  5. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    Wow thanks for the link Mac Dawg
     
  6. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    Mine only gets plugged in back at my living area. You can definitely unplug it it will just resync whenever you plug it back in.
     
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