Want to locate automatic backups on separate HD...no option in prefs

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11 Jan, 2012 07:44 AM

I would like to locate my automatic backups on a separate HD, not the boot volume. The preference option for choosing the backup location does not not seem to allow me to browse to a separate drive.

Am I missing something?


  1. 1 Posted by boreham on 11 Jan, 2012 07:49 AM

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    Just realised I can do it by putting a symlink to the separate drive, in my home folder and choosing the symlink as the destination for the automatic backups in Moneydance.

    But there ought to be a simpler way.....

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Ethan on 11 Jan, 2012 01:56 PM

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    What operating system are you using?

    Ethan Tupelo
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  3. 3 Posted by boreham on 11 Jan, 2012 02:16 PM

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    Mac OSX 10.7.2

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Ethan on 11 Jan, 2012 03:01 PM

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    I'm not at a computer with Lion at the moment, but in previous versions of the Mac OS you could find mounted external drives at /Volumes/ in the file system. Does your external hard drive appear there?

    Ethan Tupelo
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  5. 5 Posted by boreham on 11 Jan, 2012 06:11 PM

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    Yes it shows up in /Volumes and is mounted on the desktop, but is not available to select in the Preferences Backup Tab, as in screen shot attached. As you can see, the only volume showing in the Backup prefs is the boot volume "MacPro"

    I am actually trying to put the backups on a partition on another disc in a Mac Pro.



  6. 6 Posted by boreham on 18 Jan, 2012 07:53 AM

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    Any further info comment on this?


  7. 7 Posted by james f on 18 Jan, 2012 11:41 AM

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    I use a Mac.

    Please see attached screenshots.

    Choose Mac Pro. It ought to show your /Volumes .

  8. 8 Posted by boreham on 18 Jan, 2012 11:52 AM

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    Thanks James and Ethan,

    I have been really stupid. I was looking in the wrong place for the /volumes option...until seeing James's second screenshot.

  9. Support Staff 9 Posted by Ethan on 18 Jan, 2012 12:41 PM

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    Thanks for the screenshots!

    Ethan Tupelo

  10. 10 Posted by james f on 18 Jan, 2012 01:32 PM

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    Thank you for thanking me.
    That's what these forums are all about. Users helping users, when possible.

  11. Angie Rauscher closed this discussion on 07 Sep, 2012 02:44 AM.

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