|Dec 31, 2012, 09:56 AM||#1|
Time Machine - set to only backup iPhoto?
I got myself a new external HD (non Apple product) which is TM compatible.
I primarily got the drive to move movies etc off my iMac as it is running out of space. However, one of the super important things I need is my photos to be backed up.
I am aware I can just drag the iPhoto library file to my disk, but i was hoping i could do some clever auto backup - however I'd only want to backup that file with time machine.
Any ideas which is the best way forward?
|Dec 31, 2012, 10:20 AM||#2|
Time Machine is built to back up eveything on your Mac, it has quite a simplistic front end with no option to pick up individual files or folders.
I was a bit skeptical at first and only wanted particular items backing up, in the long term though it's been a life saver and would recommend you use it as intended.
Maybe there is a work around, if not there will be another third party solution which should fit your needs.
|Dec 31, 2012, 11:05 AM||#3|
On Mountain Lion, Time Machine allows you to exclude items. Go to System Preferences, Time Machine, Options
A bit tedious but what you could do is:
- Set up Time Machine
- but turn it Off - System Preferences, Time Machine - there is a slider button
- Using the Options dialog in the preferences; exclude all the top level folders (and files) on the disk except the one that ultimately contains what you want to back up
- For that folder, exclude all the sub-folders (and files) except the one that contains what you want to back up
- Keep repeating until you have excluded everything that you don't want backed up
- Now turn Time Machine on using the slider
I've used this so I have one drive that is fully backed up, another that is partially and a third that isn't at all.
|Dec 31, 2012, 11:10 AM||#4|
In Sys Prefs, click options. Exclude what you'd like, then uncheck what you'd like to keep.
|Dec 31, 2012, 12:06 PM||#5|
Backing up now
|Dec 31, 2012, 02:04 PM||#6|
Just beware that:
- The more complex you make the list of exclusions the longer it appears to take Time Machine to work out what to do
- Its generally not a good idea to use it back up a very large and volatile file, otherwise it will consume lots of space (for a copy every hour, day etc) and the disks will continuously thrash as its makes each hourly copy
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