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    Using external hard drive for Time Machine

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    Using external hard drive for Time Machine
    Okay, here's what I'm trying to do:

    The hard drive on my MacBook Pro is nearly full and is the cause of a general slow-down of my machine.

    I'd like to move my music, video and pics to an external hard drive.

    My friend recently gave me a 1TB Lacie external hard drive. I already have a 500GB Time Capsule. I would like to use the Lacie for Time Machine and use my Time Capsule as an external hard drive.

    I connected the Lacie to the network by plugging it into the Time Capsule (USB 2.0). I went into Time Machine and appointed the Lacie as the destination disk. I moved my music, video and pics to the Time Capsule.

    It appears that the Lacie is not grabbing or backing up the files saved on the Time Capsule. Is there a way to do this? Any tips on setup or another configuration that will make this work?

    Thanks for any feedback.

    - Brendan

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    Using external hard drive for Time Machine
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    Yes, look in preferences for Time Machine, by default it ignores connected external drives, so you need to add them. After that all should be well.
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    Using external hard drive for Time Machine
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    MBP 17" 2011, 2.3GHz Intel Quad-Core i7, 8GB RAM, MacMini 2011, 2.7GHz Intel Dual-Core i7, 8GB RAM
    I back up to an external drive and it is working great. I also use it for my iTunes library (which is going through some repairs after my initial drive went skidding across the kitchen floor in a game of cat-hockey.)
    MBP 17" 2011, 2.3GHz Intel Quad-Core i7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB RAM
    MacMini 2011, 2.7GHz Intel Dual-Core i7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6630M 256MB RAM
    iPhone 5S 64GB, iPad Air 2 128 GB LTE, iPod Nano Gen6 8GB, Apple TV 3 & 2

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