Have different "Options..." for two different time machine backups?

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  1. MasterHowl macrumors 65816


    Oct 3, 2010
    North of England
    If anybody could help me, I'd be very very grateful. Please bare with me...

    I use a partitioned external hard drive with my MacBook with two partitions for (A) Time Machine and (B) files essential for my work but are too big to have on my MacBook hard drive (e.g. a ton of 5 GB photoshop files).

    I'm scared to death of dropping my external hard drive and losing all of the files on partition (B).

    I just bought a new hard drive to use as a "master backup". I'd really like to use Time Machine with it, and have it back up two things:
    • MacBook hard drive (just like Time Machine is typically used for)
    • Partition (B) on my external hard drive (the one with all of the files essential to my work, but too large to be on my Mac hard drive)

    Is this possible? I can see that external hard drives are excluded from Time Machine by default, but can be "un-excluded" under the Time Machine "Options..." page in System Prefs. However, I don't want partition (A) on my original external hard drive to back up partition (B) on the same hard drive, but I do want my new hard drive to back it up.

    Many many many thanks in advance!
  2. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2011

    For important data multiple backups are crucial. In addition to backing up to an external drive, having off site backup to the cloud gives you added protection.

    Option 1) Use SuperDuper to clone both internal and external drives but you might need to partition the drive for the two clones. Checking in SuperDuper advanced options it looks like you can add an additional volume in the backup all files option. I would run this past Dave, author of SuperDuper on his forum. http://www.shirt-pocket.com/forums/

    Options 2) Back up to the cloud. BackBlaze https://www.backblaze.com $5/month

    You can back up any attached external hard drive at no extra charge.

    I am not affiliated with SuperDuper. Just a satisfied user for 15 years.

    SuperDuper! http://www.shirt-pocket.com/ $27.95

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