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I normally back up my mb to an external drive at home with time machine (it's been about 3 weeks since my last full backup). Recently a co worker sent me a file by placing it on a time capsule we have at the office. I grabbed the file and thought nothing of it.

Today I noticed that the time machine icon was spinning like it does when preparing for a back up and after investigating I found that my mb was trying to back up to that time capsule.

I removed the drive from my list of backup locations, is there any way I can ensure this doesn't happen again? Note that osx never asked me if I wanted to back up to the tc.

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Do you use Time Machine to back things up not with the Time Capsule? – timothymh Apr 10 '12 at 20:02

I don't have a Time Capsule so I'm not 100% sure this will solve your problem, but I use TimeMachineScheduler to ensure that Time Machine only runs when I want it to (generally on my not-at-work hours).

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