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

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by benguild, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. benguild macrumors 6502a

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

    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:
  2. CashGap macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2007
    Music City, USA
    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.
  3. Mindflux macrumors 68000


    Oct 20, 2007
    Hell when you boot up your VM and the swap file changes it'll back it up ;)
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    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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