how to set up time machine after moving library to external drive?

whohasaquestion

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Specifically, I moved the iPhoto library to Time Capsule hard disk to save disk space on my macbook air. But now how do I tell time machine to backup library stored on time capsule? I find it odd that the time machine preference only gives you option to exclude items for backup. How do I "include" items for backup?
 

skrutzen

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What drive are you backing up to in TM? If you are backing up the the same Time Capsule you moved the library to then there is a problem with that logic.
 

whohasaquestion

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TM is backup to Time Capsule as well. It may sound like a problem but TM backup is saved as a spardle (sp?) file so it shouldn't interfere at all. I do have an external HD connected through USB to Time Capsule...I guess I can move the iPhoto Library to that external HD...but will TM backup the external HD? How does it work? I just simply need to move the library off macbook air and still have it backup regularly.
 

hallux

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So, your backup is only to allow you to recover from a mistakenly-deleted file? The flaw in your thinking is that your backup will then be stored on the same physical drive as your original file, if that drive fails EVERYTHING is gone.
 

whohasaquestion

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So, your backup is only to allow you to recover from a mistakenly-deleted file? The flaw in your thinking is that your backup will then be stored on the same physical drive as your original file, if that drive fails EVERYTHING is gone.
Alright, so move to the external HD it is then.

However, how do I tell time machine to backup that external HD? It's connected to Time Capsule (in the living room) through USB.
 

ColdCase

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Alright, so move to the external HD it is then.

However, how do I tell time machine to backup that external HD? It's connected to Time Capsule (in the living room) through USB.
You can't do it, only drives directly connected to the Mac can be included in the TM backup. I use Carbon Copy Cloner to backup one network drive to another network drive.
 

whohasaquestion

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You can't do it, only drives directly connected to the Mac can be included in the TM backup. I use Carbon Copy Cloner to backup one network drive to another network drive.
Alright, that's very cumbersome.

Let's say if I want to restore the library from TM, can I choose the destination path? or only allowed to restore to the original location?