1. grunt0300's Avatar
    I bought a Seagate 1tb Backup Plus Portable Hard Drive today, and after setting it up, and letting it do it's thing, i realized that if i leave it plugged in, it will continue to make backup every hour or so. Is there any way to set up "time machine" to make a backup once a week, if i leave the hard drive plugged in? I guess that i could just unplug the hard drive, and plug it back in whenever. Is that my only option? Thanks.
    12-03-2014 09:51 PM
  2. the_tech_eater's Avatar
    I bought a Seagate 1tb Backup Plus Portable Hard Drive today, and after setting it up, and letting it do it's thing, i realized that if i leave it plugged in, it will continue to make backup every hour or so. Is there any way to set up "time machine" to make a backup once a week, if i leave the hard drive plugged in? I guess that i could just unplug the hard drive, and plug it back in whenever. Is that my only option? Thanks.
    I like just in the last thirty seconds realized that I accidentally left my MacBook at work, so I can't look, but I do believe that it will backup as long as it's plugged in. I stupidly haven't backed my Mac up in like two months.


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    12-03-2014 09:56 PM
  3. grunt0300's Avatar
    I like just in the last thirty seconds realized that I accidentally left my MacBook at work, so I can't look, but I do believe that it will backup as long as it's plugged in. I stupidly haven't backed my Mac up in like two months.


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    I just found out that 1hr is the default setting in the Mac, but i can change it by using the "terminal" app. I'll just shut time machine off, and turn it back on when i want another backup.
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    12-03-2014 10:09 PM
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    It performs hourly backups for 24 hours, daily back ops for a week, weekly backups for a month and monthly as long as it has space. Or something like that. But there is no reason to not leave it plugged in all the time if you can. The backups are differential backups so it only backs up what has changed. If it runs out of space, it will start deleting the oldest backups first.
    12-03-2014 10:11 PM
  5. grunt0300's Avatar
    It performs hourly backups for 24 hours, daily back ops for a week, weekly backups for a month and monthly as long as it has space. Or something like that. But there is no reason to not leave it plugged in all the time if you can. The backups are differential backups so it only backs up what has changed. If it runs out of space, it will start deleting the oldest backups first.
    Thanks. My wife has the exact same Mac as i, and she was wondering if i were to plug that portable hard drive into her Mac, would it work? Thanks.
    12-03-2014 10:20 PM
  6. HankAZ's Avatar
    Thanks. My wife has the exact same Mac as i, and she was wondering if i were to plug that portable hard drive into her Mac, would it work? Thanks.
    Yes, if she plugs the drive in and sets up TimeMachine to do the backups. It creates a separate folder structure for each device that is backed up.
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    12-04-2014 12:03 AM
  7. grunt0300's Avatar
    Thanks.😛
    12-04-2014 12:09 AM

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