2 Replies Latest reply: Aug 1, 2013 10:31 AM by Eric Root
hilary5451 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello. I am having a little trouble understanding time machine for apple. Do i need to purchse an external harddrive and then register it with time machine. If i This is for my work and we have three computers, so if I do need to buy an external hard drive, would I need to purchase one for each computer? Thanks for your help!

Mac Pro
  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,250 points)

    You will need external storage, you can either buy 3 external drives or 1 Time Capsule for all 3 Macs (buy the biggest)

  • Eric Root Level 8 Level 8 (36,825 points)

    Although technically you could back up the computers to each other, that isn't a normally recommended procedure. An external hard drive is normally used. I would recommend 2 external hard drives so each computer will have two backups, which is safer than having just one since hard drives can fail or backups can become corrupted. When set up, the computers will alternate between the 2 external hard drives. You can back up all 3 computers to one hard drive.


    The hard drives need to be 2 - 4 times larger than the total amount of data, from all 3 computers, you are backing up.




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    The initial backup can take a long time, you just have to be patient. I would do the initial backup one at a time so you don't have 3 computers trying to write to the same drive at the same time.