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

    Jan 22, 2008
    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

    Mar 5, 2009
    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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