Question about backing up a virtual machine...

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MarlboroLite, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. MarlboroLite macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    the 13 colonies
    So I have VMWare fusion and Windows XP on it...I have read to exclude the virtual machine from time machine backup as any changes made in the virtual machine will cause time machine to recopy the entire thing all over again.

    So...I was thinking could I just copy the vmware file into a partition on the external hard drive and periodically replace the vmware file in order to update the settings and changes etc.

    So if worst comes to worst and have to reinstall fusion I could just open the file from the drive and I wouldn't have to reinstall windows etc?

    Would that work??
  2. Steve-M macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2009
    Yes that is what I do with virtualbox. Also, if you go into the time machine preferences, you can set time machine to not back up your vm folder. But it looks like you already knew that. :)

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