time machine backup questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mr Earl, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. Mr Earl macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2008
    I just started using time machine to backup.
    I've also got my MB partitioned(fat32) to run windows.
    Does time machine also backup this partition?

    If not can I partition the backup drive to handle the windows partition?

    Also I've been downloading a bunch of movies and would like to store them someplace else than on the MB drive.
    I know time machine is probably backing them all up. But what happens to the movies backed up via time machine if I delete them from the MB drive?

    Is there a place to read about how all this backup stuff works?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    hey mate,

    i cannot tell you about the backing up of windoze, i dont know the answer. to check, go into system prefs>time machine, and see if the windoze partition is included in the list there, if it is then it is backing up the partition..

    for backing up movies, i would recommend.
    1)excluding the movies from backing up automatically (this can be done in system prefs>time machine)
    2) backing up the movies onto the time capsule yourself manually.

    its much easier, the movies wont get deleted no matter what you do, and they are easier to find when you delete them off of your MB.

  3. ant-macyourself macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2008
    Time Machine cannot back up a Windows partition because it does not support NTFS volumes. Only files on your Mac side will be copied.

    You can format your drive to be HFS+ on one partition and then NTFS on another, but you'll need to find a Windows-compatible back up solution to use that partition.
  4. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Your best option would be to use the great free utility WinClone on your Mac to backup your BootCamp partition with little difficulty.

    One trick I just stumbled onto recently is based on the fact that WinClone creates a standard Mac disk image as its backup. What that means is that if you have it create the disk image/backup on your Mac partition the image will wind up being backed up right along with everything else by TM.

    BTW- As far as reading about backup strategies and procedures, Take Control Books (put out by the TidBits folks) has a great series of ebooks that you can download (for a small fee) that cover virtually every subject regarding Macs. A couple that would be applicable here are Take Control of Easy Backups in Leopard (with a lot of information about Time Machine) and Take Control of Mac OSX Backups that has some TM info but has additional, more generalized info regarding successful strategies for backing up. Both are quite informative without question!

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