setting up TimeMachine on a folder, or should it be on a drive?

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  1. zoran macrumors 68040

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    Is it possible to setup TimeMachine on a folder rather than a drive?
     
  2. tdhurst macrumors 601

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    You mean to a folder in an external drive?

    No, but you can partition that drive and choose a specific partition.
     
  3. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Do you mean backing up a folder rather than a drive? Yes, you set it to the drive containing the folder and exclude everything except the folder you want to backup.
     
  4. zoran thread starter macrumors 68040

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    So no matter where (either an ext drive or a network drive) it has to be a partition... correct?
     
  5. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Are you talking the backup source or target?

    The source is normally your system (ie all the Drives mounted), excluding the TM backup drive, you can then exclude Drives and Folders as you wish.
    The Target needs to be a Drive or Partition.
     
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  7. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    Your question is a bit confusing.
    You choose the destination volume (the target), on a separate drive, of course, and Time Machine creates its own folder on that destination.
    You might have Time Machine ignore everything on the source but a single folder.

    You would not really be using Time Machine in a very efficient manner, however. You may be better with using some other backup solution, such as CCC or SuperDuper!, either of which can be set up with a lot of granularity, if that's what you prefer.
     

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