Will Time Machine work if I log out?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by maczod, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. maczod macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2008
    I like to keep my computer secure when I leave it unattended, just wondering if TM will run its auto-backups when I log out?
  2. misterredman macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2007
  3. JimmyLo macrumors newbie

    Sep 22, 2008
    Time Machine will Work When Logged Out

    If you are using an external hard drive, you must be sure the disk does not dismount when logged off. There may be multiple ways to do this, but I use Cocktail to change this setting.

    If you use an internal disk for Time Machine, it should run when nobody is logged in.
  4. b1u3b0y Guest

    Mar 24, 2008
    I suggest you just use fast user switching.. here are the steps to get it working

    system prefs > accounts > login options > enable fast user switching

    This will put an icon in your menu bar and allow you to switich to the login screen while still leaving all your applications and settings running. Then when you want to go back on your computer you sign in and everything is still there as you left it. No waiting for things to load or restart or anything. Very nice if you're working on video or graphic projects like I do.

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