Time Machine (avoiding unnecessary complete backups)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mattspace, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. mattspace, Apr 21, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017

    mattspace macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2013
    So if I want to move a user directory onto a different drive from my boot drive, and have time machine set to back up that second drive, it's going to treat that version of the user folder as different files, and trigger a fresh complete backup of them, thus eating a huge hunk of my time machine drive's history.

    Does anyone happen to know if TM behaves differently if the folder is recovered from within time machine to the second drive? Does that cause time machine to see it as an extension of the previously backed up files, so it only gets incrementally backed up on subsequent changes?

    Or, does anyone know of a utility that allows you to manually link folders so you can control the continuity of backups when sources move?
  2. Rok73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2015
    Planet Earth
    Well if a copy of a folder is located on a different drive then its path is different. If said drive is included in the backup then yes, TM will make a backup of that too.
  3. LERsince1991 macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2008
    You could try moving the time machine files as well in the 'lastest' folder in the TM. If they both align then perhaps there's no reason to run a full backup.

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