Exclude iTunes from TM Backup

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  1. AppleDApp macrumors 68020

    AppleDApp

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    My iTunes library is located on an external drive. My mac always seems to want to back it up. I already separately backup my media. How can I get my mac to avoid backing up my media twice?

    At least I believe thats what's happening because I have a 1tb internal drive which I use about 500gb, and I have about 600gb of media and the total time machine backup size is 1.1tb I want to do this because my time machine drive is only 1tb in capacity.

    Thanks
     
  2. switon macrumors 6502a

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    RE: Time Machine exclusions...

    Hi,

    You can add files, directories, and volumes to a list of exclusions, to be excluded from TM backups. Do this in the Time Machine Preferences panel or using the tmutil commands:

    tmutil addexclusion [-p] <file,directory,volume>

    The beauty of this is that without the -p option, this is a "sticky" exclusion, meaning that if you move the file to a different location it will still be excuded from the TM backups. So, say you exclude your iTunes Library, then later move it to a different location --- it will still be excluded from your TM backups.

    Switon
     
  3. AppleDApp thread starter macrumors 68020

    AppleDApp

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    I can't seem to exclude anything from this window.
     

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  4. ljonesj macrumors 6502a

    ljonesj

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    the plus sign is what allows you to exclude what you want to back up
     
  5. AppleDApp, Nov 3, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2012

    AppleDApp thread starter macrumors 68020

    AppleDApp

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    Thank you so much I excluded my media folder and deleted all of my backups to start fresh I'll report back once I finish the backup.
     
  6. AppleDApp thread starter macrumors 68020

    AppleDApp

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    I started my backup at the time of my previous post. The backup size was a reasonable 80gb or so. Since then the backup size has gone up to 115gb and the backup is yet to be done. I am not producing content as of this time.
     

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