TM backups

ccnp11

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I have about 420Gb on my MBP HDD. I have run backups using both Time Machine and Carbon Copy Cloner. The backups are both less than half the size of my HDD data. I did not select any sort or encryption or compression.

I ran a permissions repair on the drive (it only found 2 small issues anyway) and have gone through the backups and the source drive and done a stare and compare as best as I could without finding any major discrepancy.

Any ideas what could be going on?
 

flynz4

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I have about 420Gb on my MBP HDD. I have run backups using both Time Machine and Carbon Copy Cloner. The backups are both less than half the size of my HDD data. I did not select any sort or encryption or compression.

I ran a permissions repair on the drive (it only found 2 small issues anyway) and have gone through the backups and the source drive and done a stare and compare as best as I could without finding any major discrepancy.

Any ideas what could be going on?
Are you using parallels or Fusion virtualization? Are you running bootcamp? I am pretty sure all of them would be excluded.

/Jim
 

ccnp11

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Are you using parallels or Fusion virtualization? Are you running bootcamp? I am pretty sure all of them would be excluded.

/Jim
I am running fusion but only 2vms with very minimal images. And they are checked and appear to be backed up by CCC and TM
 

flynz4

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I am running fusion but only 2vms with very minimal images. And they are checked and appear to be backed up by CCC and TM
Then something is really wrong. Generally, I believe that it is very bad to backup your VMs. My belief (but I could be wrong) is that every time you run the VM... then the entire environment is backed up all over again. I have always heard to exclude VMs from backup.

/Jim
 

ccnp11

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My belief (but I could be wrong) is that every time you run the VM... then the entire environment is backed up all over again. I have always heard to exclude VMs from backup.
I keep one W1nBl0wZ image to run my vSphere client and a Xubuntu image to run a few 'nix programmes when I have the need.

Well, either way, the VMs account for a total of appx 7Gb of space....far, far less than the +200Gb discrepancy I see between my MacHD and the sparsebundle size. Even with some serious compression, I'd be amazed at that amount of shrinkage.

I'm actually starting to wonder if OS X is reporting the size of my HDD data correctly...
 

ccnp11

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Nov 26, 2011
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SOLVED...not a TM issue

I'm actually starting to wonder if OS X is reporting the size of my HDD data correctly...
And that was exactly it. I had a couple old references to AFP shares in /Volumes that were still reading as live including recursive directory/file structure. I knew I didn't have that much data....

#rm -rf name

removed a lot of the phantom files (the mount point has survived a reboot) I'm still having weird issues with some of the files being in use but I'm hunting them down and trying to kill the processes....
 

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