New to Time Machine (Advice Needed)

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  1. hayleywow macrumors regular

    hayleywow

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    Hi Guys

    I'm completely new to the Apple world apart from owning an iPhone for years, I have finally brought a 13" MacBook Pro.

    Im stuck with Time Machine backups, I am currently backing up to a NAS drive via time machine and its backing up 59.53GB see screenshot, isn't this a bit large?? I don't even have that much data on my MacBook at the moment.

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    I have excluded a few folders that friends have recommended, is there anything else I should exclude.

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    Any help for this newbie will be gratefully received.

    Thanks
     
  2. Macman45, Feb 21, 2013
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    Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    Your first TM backup will be large, and will take a while...After that the process is quick and should not interfere with your work.
     
  3. hayleywow thread starter macrumors regular

    hayleywow

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    Is there anything else I should add to the excluded list??
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Not that I know of, but know, that excluding a folder excludes all sub folders (you excluded the iTunes folder, thus the podcasts folder is automatically excluded, as it is a sub folder of the iTunes folder, thus you do not need to exclude it again).

    Time Machine FAQ
     
  5. hayleywow thread starter macrumors regular

    hayleywow

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    Doh! I just noticed that LOL!

    Thanks for the advice guys :)

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    OK a bit weird, TM said it was backing up 59.53GB, and has just finished.... But its actually only backed up 13.9GB..??

    Confused....
     
  6. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    For the first backup to a network device it's usually better to connect via ethernet instead of wifi. Goes a lot faster.
     
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    I don't know why you'd want to not backup your iTunes library, if your hard drive goes wonky do you have another copy elsewhere?

    If not, I'd leave it there...
     

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