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I figure I should ask my first question,

I'm curious to see how an Applescript could control my HDD that my TimeMachine is backed-up on to un-mount during the day, and back on before the scheduled backup starts would work.

A bit of research has found:

Applescript to check if drive is mounted

and

Running an Applescript at a specific time

I think this could be very powerful with use of Time Machine Editor

Especially for anyone with a HDD wanting to preserve active hours.

Thanks in advance!

  • TimeMachine runs hourly, so if you unmont you will get an error message within the hour. – nohillside Aug 5 '18 at 15:10
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    Anyway, you already have all the details in the links you've included in the question. What have you tried, how did it not work as expected? – nohillside Aug 5 '18 at 15:11
  • The Time Machine editor allows scheduling of the backups only to occur after 1AM, which cancels out any unmount error messages. I have tried setting up a crontab with a diskutil unmount of my hdd, but I honesly think the lack of sleep may just be the issue. I'll have another go in the morning – akostar Aug 5 '18 at 15:28
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    What’s the gain and/or benefit of doing this? This seems like a lot of work to overcome a non-issue. – Allan Aug 5 '18 at 15:44
  • Lack of sleep for you or for your computer? You can still run scripts from Calendar events which can be configured to repeat on a custom schedule. i have several Automator workflows programmed into a calendar which are triggered on a daily basis. If you need help, let us know. – Trellis Aug 5 '18 at 23:30

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