I am trying to exclude Parallels during my Time Machine backups but I would still like to backup the actual data from Quicken, Excel, Word, etc... Do I exclude Parallels under Applications or Documents? ---------- I am trying to follow this... "Additionally, I do not include my virtual machines in the Time Machine backup, since they are quite large and small modifications to them can result in the entire VM image being backed up again and again, to the point where they could take up most of the TM disk space and force older backups to be removed. I have the virtual machines backed up elsewhere, and also do not rely on them so if they were to be lost I could set them up again quickly with no harm done." BUT I still want the actual data, especially the Quicken files. I don't mind reinstalling the application but I have to backup the files.