Time machine backups way too much?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SchneiderMan, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

    SchneiderMan

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    I have an external hd with my time machine and it backs up like 5gb every day without me putting new content on my mbp, it doesnt back up only the new stuff? ill be out of space after a week like this lol
    thanks!v:D
     
  2. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Do you have a virtual machine? (Parallels or VMware Fusion or the like)? They're monolithic files, and will be backed up every time.

    If you do, go into preferences and exclude that file from your backups, and your problem is solved.
     
  3. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    i would recommend turning it off, and manually backing up. much much easier, and it saves space.
     
  4. SchneiderMan thread starter macrumors G3

    SchneiderMan

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    no i dont have any of those programs, it will not let me choose the files i want to backup in the options, is it possible to do that?
    and it doesnt back up what it already did right?
     
  5. alexbates macrumors 65816

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    Yes, I am using Time Machine to back up only my user folder. Heres how to change what you are backing up:

    -Go to System preferences
    -Time Machine
    -Options

    You just select the folders that you don't want to back up, click the minus sign, and it should save a lot of space.
     
  6. SchneiderMan thread starter macrumors G3

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