Time Machine backups are huge!?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by tman1425, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. tman1425 macrumors member

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    Ever since installing Lion, my time machine backups have continuously been very large. At least twice per day it tries to backup over 30GB of data even though I haven't changed or added any files, programs, etc. What could it possibly be backing up every time?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. basher macrumors 6502

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  3. tman1425 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, I'm using parallels. Is that the problem? Any way to avoid it?
     
  4. crypticlineage macrumors regular

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    I am experiencing the same problem too, but I am not using any vm sessions. I don't have any vm environment installed.
     
  5. Jagardn macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, you need to go to your TM preferences and ignore the directory where your Virtual disks reside. If your VM is 20GB, every change to it will require that it be backed up again.
     
  6. Madd the Sane macrumors 6502

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    There's an app called TimeTracker (I think) that will tell you what was backed up when.
     
  7. tootall macrumors regular

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    I have the same problem... How can I find where "Parallels" resides?
     
  8. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    Have you ever heard of Spotlight????

    ~/Documents/Parallels

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  9. moonchilddave macrumors regular

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    I used TimeMachineEditor which will show you the log file entries (mainly because I only care about backing up once a day). The other thing is that with using TimeMachineEditor, it doesn't keep backups on your local drive (since you have to turn off Time Machine).
     
  10. tman1425 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you everyone for your help. It is now backing up normally again!
     
  11. nospeed411 macrumors 6502a

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    Wait...let me get this straight...you actually have a working time machine after lion????? I call shenanigans.:D
     
  12. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    Time machine works fine for me in Lion.
     
  13. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    Time Machine is working normally for me as well......

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  14. tootall macrumors regular

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    Yes I have actually, but being new to macs, I was desperately looking for some type of "parallel.vm" file . I eventually answered my own question when I realized that the directory to exclude was the one with "Windows 7.pvm".

    Thank you for the answer and the gratuitous sarcasm.
     

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