Protect files from deletion in Time Machine

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mattrobs, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. mattrobs macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2008
    I'm still having a little problem grasping hard links. But no matter, here's the problem: there's a file in Time Machine that I want to keep backed up forever. It's too big to fit on my hard drive, and I want to make sure Time Machine doesn't delete it automatically when the backup drive is full.

    How can I make it a "permanent" backup?
  2. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Back it up manually if you need to. Just copy it to the TM drive, and leave in next to the TM folder. (Consider imaging your OS X DVD there as well, it may save time later on).

    Btw, Time Machine will not ever outright trash a specific file that still exists on your machine, it will just purge older versions of it.

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