How does Time Machine handle a moved but unchanged directory

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by alec6542, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2012
    Hi guys,

    It's my understanding that Time Machinr is smart enough to have if you change the name of a folder that its still the same folder and its contents won't be backed up again. Does anyone know how Time Machine handles moved folders? For example, say I have a "Motion Pictures" folder that contains 200 GB worth of movies located at ~/Movies/Motion Pictures/. If I were to move it to, say, ~/Archives/Motion Pictures/, would Time Machine re-copy all of that data and use up another 200 GB of my external storage, or is it smart enough to "re-direct" the hard link, since all that data already exist?
  2. macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    No, it will back up that directory as a new directory in a new location.

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