Time Machine Backup is Different Than Original - WHY?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by jbg232, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. jbg232 macrumors 65816

    jbg232

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    Oct 15, 2007
    #1
    I'm transferring and backing up data from old to new computer. I made a time machine backup and when I compared the files in each they are different. Note that I made the backup less than 10 minutes before transferring the folder.

    Example:

    Hard Drive: /Macintosh HD/Users/Me/Library Folder is 42.2GB with 130,432 items.

    Time Machine Backup: /Macintosh HD/Users/Me/Library Folder is 39.86GB with 112,825 items.

    Created and Modified dates are exactly the same for both folders.

    Why is there a difference?
     
  2. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Aug 9, 2009
    #2
    Because various cache files and folders residing in your Library folder aren't backed up.
     

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