Tip: If you run out of Time Machine disk-space, exclude your Parallels folder...

benguild

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Jul 29, 2003
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Time Space prompted me that I'd run out of backup disk-space on a HUGE drive... I was like ????
:confused:

Thought back, had installed some updates in Windows XP.
Since I never keep any critical files in a virtual-machine anyway, I simply excluded the folder and keep a daily backup elsewhere. Those virtual-disk files are *huge*.

Yay, all better. Next backup is at 5:45PM. :apple:
 

CashGap

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Sep 15, 2007
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Secondary benefit to this tip: it saves a LOT of backup time.

When you change a 1k file in a Parallels VM, Time Machine will backup the entire VM.
 

Mindflux

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Oct 20, 2007
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Secondary benefit to this tip: it saves a LOT of backup time.

When you change a 1k file in a Parallels VM, Time Machine will backup the entire VM.
Hell when you boot up your VM and the swap file changes it'll back it up ;)
 

richard.mac

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hey nice tip. i thought of this before i actually did my first time machine backup because all dont care if i lose my windows VM.

i also excluded the system folder and then chose to not backup the applications too in the dialogue box. turns out it doesnt backup the default apps that come with leopard but keeps yours... nice!
 
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