Does the laptop lid need to be open for Time Machine (or Time Capsule) to work

Will Time Machine still backup if I leave the laptop lid closed and either plugged into a external hard drive or hooked to time capsule?

  • Asked by Steve S from Morristown
  • Sep 9, 2010
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1 Answer from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    Your computer must have this:
    -Turned on
    -Connected to Timecapsule via Wifi or Ethernet (doesnt need to be directly)
    -Lid Open
    -And connected to the external hard drive ONLY if you are backing up to THAT hard disk and not to timecapsule

    • Answered by Javier Enrique D from Dallas
    • Sep 9, 2010