Time Machine and Windows Partition

Discussion in 'macOS' started by buckeye17, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. buckeye17 macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Hi all, I plan to use VMWare Fusion to use Office 2007. Will I be able to have Time Machine back up my files? I'm not really sure how Fusion works--do files created in Windows stay in the Windows partition? If this is the case, then it might be tough I suppose...
  2. sputacus macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2009
    Duncanville TX
    Time Machine and VMware Fusion

    I use Office 2003 and Windoze XP in VMware Fusion. I point "My Documents" to a shared folder outside of my Windoze installation ("Mac side"), thus all documents created by Office 2003 defaults to that location. This allows me to save and access my files individually in Time Machine. And since I also have Office for Mac installed, I can open and edit those files under OSX (without opening Windoze).

    If you save your office files inside of your Windoze virtual machine, Time Machine will back them up as part of your virtual machine (as a "vmwarevm" file), not as individual files. Thus in this case, to restore any file created in Office, you would have to restore your whole virtual machine, UNLESS of course you are manually backing up your documents to a folder outside of Windoze (which I have to do with applications like Expensable 8).

    So you would need to target your "My Documents" to a shared folder or manually backup your documents to a shared folder to allow Time Machine to see your Office files individually.

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