TM backup should exclude Fusion/Windows?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by violetcrumble, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. violetcrumble, Apr 17, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2012

    violetcrumble macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2011
    In the tutorial Booting Windows on the Mac, there's this note: If using time machine it should be set to NOT backup the Windows file created by Parallels Desktop or VM Ware Fusion.

    I know how to exclude a file, but where is this file? And does this mean exclude Fusion altogether or the Windows file only?

    Thanks for any help.
  2. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    They are talking about the entire VM image.
  3. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Exclude any file with the extension


    These files are your virtual disk images.

    Or alternatively just exclude your VMware virtual machines folder (which is what i do, but my mac is at home and i can't remember the exact folder path).

    If you don't, time machine and/or versions will be attempting to create snapshots of all your VMDK files (virtual disks) and these are BIG files.

    don't use parallels, so can't help there, but the theory is the same. exclude the folder containing your VMs...
  4. tootall macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2011
    Quebec, Canada
    Exclude ~/Documents/Parallels

    Otherwise you will have huge (incremental) backups every time you use Parallels
  5. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011

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