12/1/11
5:34 am

Forum Question: Time Machine Backup To Two Different Drives?

Is it possible to have Time Machine back up to two different hard drives?
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Ron Paris

Comments: 4 Responses to “Time Machine Backup To Two Different Drives?”

    12/1/11 @ 7:48 am

    No, not possible.
    Is it that you want to create two separate backups, one perhaps to more off-site?
    Or, is it that you want more hard drive space to backup more Macs or go back further in time?
    For the first, I would recommend using cloning to clone your primary drives once a week or so. See episode 512: http://macmost.com/time-machine-versus-cloning.html
    If the second, there’s not much of an option. You could create a RAID drive with multiple drives in one box. But it would be cheaper to simply upgrade your Time Machine drive to something bigger. 2TB drives are getting close to $100 nowadays.

      Ron
      12/1/11 @ 8:04 pm

      “For the first, I would recommend using cloning to clone your primary drives once a week or so. See episode 512: http://macmost.com/time-machine-versus-cloning.html

      Gary, I watched this and that is what I am doing. I use CCC to do this, I just figured that Time Machine does everything so well if it was possible to send files to two different backup machines using it, I would.
      Thanks
      Ron

    Markus J
    12/1/11 @ 9:18 am

    I am using the same MacBook both at home and in my office. Every location has its own time machine drive. This works without any problems, the only thing I have to do is to switch the drive in the Time Machine preference pane.

      12/1/11 @ 9:35 am

      Glad to know this works smoothly. I haven’t had the need to try a setup like that. Thanks.

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