Use both Time Capsule and USB drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by waynep, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. waynep macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2009
    I have been doing time machine backups to a usb hard drive directly connected to my macbook pro. Today I bought a time capsule that I intend use for local backups.

    Can I occasionally change the time machine settings to use the USB drive (once a month maybe) connected to the MBP, and then go back to the time capsule for daily use? I know they won't be in sync or anything, it just gives me another copy on another drive. When I switch, will it backup just the changes relative to that target drive and not start completely over?
  2. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Yes, you can just change the settings in System Preferences -> Time Machine. You could also use another utility to do the backups to the external, like Carbon Copy Cloner, which would give you a bootable backup, might be nice as your second backup.

  3. waynep thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2009
    Yea just remembered about Carbon Copy Cloner. I am going to do Time Machine to the Time Capsule and CCC to the USB drive. Thanks!

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