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I have decided to use Time Machine for my Snow Leopard. I got an external HDD which I am planning to use for the time machine backup. I haven't used time machine before and I got a couple of questions
1) The external HDD is formatted to NTFS-3G using MacFuse. Is this correct? I had done this because I ran into the file size limit when I used to run this for my VM images.
2) Can I selectively choose which data to monitor/backup using time machine?
3) Can I manually trigger the backup operations? Or schedule it to run at night?
4) Any pitfalls or Doh moments I should be wary of?
Looks like Time Machine might not be an optimal solution for me. I am more interested in backing up my data. I understand that a full backup will help system restore but I can live with a fresh install from the DVD and other applications.
What I meant was I want to backup only my data. I also use the HDD for the VM images as well as some other stuff which I sometimes need on my Ubuntu. On this background Time Machine might not be the optional solution mainly because of the formatting.
Maneesh Godbole wrote:What I meant was I want to backup only my data. I also use the HDD for the VM images as well as some other stuff which I sometimes need on my Ubuntu. On this background Time Machine might not be the optional solution mainly because of the formatting.
I have about 4 external HDs. 2 of them are solely used for Time Machine; 1 for my MBP and 1 for my iMac. Storage is cheap. They'll pay for themselves the first time you need to recover 1 file.
Let me understand this correctly.
1) Macs can crash/die/burn
2) That's why it is a good idea to backup even all files and not just user generated data.
3) I got a 250Gig disk. So I would require 250+ Gig external HDD for time machine? Or does it use some compression format?