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Automated Backup to FAT Drive

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by LastLine, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. macrumors 65816

    #1
    HI Guys,

    I've got a particular drive that I need to backup to that is (for various reasons) stuck as ExFAT, is there any piece of software that I can use to do an automated/scheduled backup to that drive from my Mac? I can't format to HFS+/OS X Journaled unfortunately so Time Machine, SuperDuper are out of the window.

    Any answers much appreciated.
     
  2. macrumors G4

    #2
    It seems to me that your backup drive should be used exclusively for backup. If you have a task that is as critical as backup or more so, then it should have its own dedicated drive. Drives are cheap. You don't have to be.
     
  3. macrumors 65816

    #3
    Thank you for your rather...blunt insight.

    Unfortunately at the minute I do need to be cheap, I need to get a backup up and running on a drive with shared use at the moment. In time I'll get a dedicated drive, but I need a solution for now.
     
  4. macrumors 68030

    #4
    Download the "backup" tool from Apple.

    It will do regular style back everything up to a single file type backups that you can schedule, and as far as i know they can go on any type of file system (they're basically just like a zip file).

    But seriously... you'd be better off reformatting the drive as HFS+ and using time machine to get better version support, etc.


    edit:
    i cant currently find the tool on apple's website, but i have it here on mountain lion, i've had it since snow leopard. i use it for backup of large VMDK files that time machine chokes on, and TM for everything else.

    it has an umbrella icon... looking for it...

    ----------

    ahhh...

    turns out it is "mobileme backup". which you can use to backup to places other than mobile me.

    looks to be discontinued... :-\


    if nothing else, you could back up your system using TAR (unix shell command) scheduling a job for it?
     
  5. macrumors 65816

    #5
    Thanks for the feedback, I remember that tool actually, I'll have a look when I get home. I appreciate long term a full time machine backup is most effective, this is a short term stop gap until payday ;-)
     

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