Time Machine

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  1. saladiro macrumors 6502a

    saladiro

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    Hi, i have MAC Leopard with Time machine. I have my hard drive set up toauto back up with time machine (all is good)

    my question is, can i use my external hard drive to back up...lets say large video files?

    how do i do it? can i just go to the time machine icon and create a folder, or will this mess up how time machiine works?

    please let me know
     
  2. soccersquirt82 macrumors 6502

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    You may want to partition the hard drive. It would probably be wise not to mess with Time Machine itself.
     
  3. saladiro thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    tks...is this a complex process?

    when you mean partion, do you mean set up one piece of my hard drive for "time machine" and one piece for "my external hard drive"(eg movies...)

    do you know the steps?
     
  4. mreg376 macrumors 6502a

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    From what I've read you can put anything else you want to on the Time Machine drive. There's no special formatting or compression or anything like that being done, in order to make your backup data available under all circumstances. Putting other stuff on the drive just reduces the space available for Time Machine Backups.
     
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    This is correct. TM keeps what it needs inside a folder. Just do not mess with that folder. You can add other folders in the drive top level and as said, all it will do is reduce available space on the drive.


    But WHY? Why not left TMbackup your large video files. They will use up the same amount of save if TM or it your copy them there. So let TM do the work.
     
  6. saladiro thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ahhhh...tks all.....

    i guess thats a good question, maybe I am missing the big picture here, but my mac came with like 160G, I now think I have about 80free. I just bought a hard drive camcorder, and i anticpate using a bunch of gigs over the next few years. possibly as much as 40 (that may be a lot). I didnt want to kill the hard drive on my mac its self, I wanted to put it on my external which is 350gigs.....

    does what I am doing seem to make sense....

    if I put it on my hard drive, yes time machine will back it up, but wont it still exist on my mac HD and take up space

    please let me know. I am a basic cpu user....

    tks
     
  7. DukeofAnkh macrumors regular

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    The easiest thing to do here would be to just drag and drop the video files you want into your time machine drive. If you open the drive (just by double clicking on the desktop icon, say) you can also make a new folder (call it "videos" or whatever floats your boat) and store your videos in there.

    If you want to go the partitioning route, which will mean you will always have x amount of space reserved for your videos, it's fairly simple too. Here's how to do it without losing already backed up data:

    Open Disk Utility (in Applications\Utilities, or just do a spotlight search for it), click on your external drive (it'll probably be called "Generic External" or possibly a brand-name), click the partition tab in the middle on the right, then down the bottom of the white box picture, click the + and tell it how big you want to make the partition (40 GB) for example. That way, 40 GB on your drive will always be reserved for your videos.
     
  8. saladiro thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you for your help
     
  9. saladiro thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    how do i get I movie to play a movie from my external hard drive....my project library only reads movies from "movies" in Finder Is there a way to redirect the path it reads from?
     
  10. EagerDragon macrumors 68020

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    Time machine over AEBS is not supported

    Looks like Apple made a mistake and partially enabled this capability. Apple does not support it and does not claims it works. While it may seem to work, it is not supposed to work. You are placing tour data at risk.

    See post 16 (mine) and 18 (confirmation) at: http://forums.appleinsider.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=85762

    Looks like this occurred because it shares code with TC.
     
  11. saladiro thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hi...thank you form reching out to help me, but I was a bit confused with the info on the link (I'm new to macs) Is it implying that the airport extreem breaks down everytime time machine kicks in (i have not has this problem) is this related to me linking my imovie files to my external HD
     
  12. EagerDragon macrumors 68020

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    Welcome to the Mac world, congratulations.

    If you are new to the Mac you should consider using a Time Capsule or just plug a USB drive to your Mac.

    The issue is that Apple is not supporting for people to use time machine to a drive connected over the network to an Airport Extreme or any other device. They support using TM to the Time Capsule instead. It is simple and cost wise about the same as the airport and a disk together.

    Some of the more experienced Mac users are playing with this unsuported capability and a large number of them are getting it to work, but some can not. While it is a good challenge, the possibility that something may get corrupted is good and you may not be able to restore when you need it the most.

    Stick to supported features, either get a TC or just hook the USB to your Mac or share a USB drive from another Mac and use it for backups.
     

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