Time Machine - set to only backup iPhoto?

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  1. macrumors regular

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    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?
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    Depends which version you are running.

    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.
     
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    tdhurst

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    Not true

    This isn't true.

    In Sys Prefs, click options. Exclude what you'd like, then uncheck what you'd like to keep.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    nice one, thanks.
    Backing up now
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    Further thoughts

    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
     
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

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    na thats fine.
    i rarely update the iphoto library (maybe once a month at most), but the photos are important so i wanted an automatic backup as well as the manual one i do
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    I stand corrected.
     
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    tdhurst

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    New

    Introduced recently. Maybe in ML.
     

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