Time Machine feature?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Rmafive, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. Rmafive macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2008
    Richmond, Virginia
    I just recently purchased a new MBP and have a few questions about backing up. First, I was wondering if it is possible to backup two computers using one hard drive through time machine. Second, I was wondering if time machine backs up both the windows and leopard data on my hardisk. Thanks! :D
  2. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    Also, what format does the HDD have to be for Time Machine to be able to see it?
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    As long as the external drive has enough space for both computers, then yes. Say I have a MB and a MBP, with drives of 120Gb and 200Gb capacities respectively. I use half of the space on each drive, so if my time machine drive has a capacity of 200GB, it's perfectly fine, since 60 + 100 = 160, which in turn 160 < 200. I'm not sure if time machine will backup the windows partition, it should, as it backups the entire drive, not just the partitions.

    The time machine backup drives must be in HFS+ Extended Journaled.
  4. TheReef macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2007
    NSW, Australia.
    Doesn't back up your Windows partition but I'm pretty sure two Macs can use the same drive partition. If not, then the drive can be partitioned into two, and are treated as separate volumes.

    To back up Windows files, create another partition (FAT32 this time) and just manually drag and drop.
  5. killerwhack macrumors regular


    Aug 5, 2004
    Los Angeles, California
    Remember to identify "do not backup" directories

    If you run any torrent software or peer to peer software or virtual machines, make sure you place those directories in the "do not backup" list on Time Machine.

    If you do not put them in the list, TM will back them up every time it runs.

    You will need to find a way to copy your virtual machines to a backup volume on a regular basis.

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