Use folder (rather than partition) for Time Machine backups?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ggulliver, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. ggulliver macrumors member

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    I'm trying to get a more flexible structure on the external drive I use for Time Machine and Carbon Copy Cloner backups.

    Currently, I have it set with three partitions - one for TM, another for CCC, and the third as a 'dump' space' for temporary items and into which I sometimes drag stuff I want to keep a temporary backup of whilst deciding its longer-term fate.

    Having read that CCC can be set to use a non-root folder on a drive or partition, I wanted to do the same with TM. That way, I'd not need to partition it and hence have maximum flexibility on how I used the space - more so than if I set hard limits on the partitions.

    But, TM seems to only offer the option of using a drive or partition rather than a folder, and so in using an unpartitioned drive it'll create and use a folder named 'Backups.backupdb' in the root - which is less elegant/helpful than something I could choose... like 'TM backups from iMac'.

    Whilst this isn't a major issue, is there a way to do this?
     
  2. greeeeen macrumors newbie

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    Mar 5, 2009
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    I'm looking to do the same thing. Does anybody know how to direct time machine backups to a specific folder on a drive rather than the root folder on a drive?
     

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