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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?
 
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1) If I'm not mistaken, Time Machine will reformat the partition to suit itself.

2) By default, it will backup the entire disk. In the options you can specify folders to ignore.

3) It will run on its own schedule, but you can kick off a backup manually whenever you want, or turn off automatic backups and turn them back on from the Sys Pref pane.

4) If you're like me, it will save your ass time and time again.
 
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Thanks Bear.
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.
 
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So how will Time Machine not help you back up your data?
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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Gregg Bolinger wrote:... Storage is cheap. They'll pay for themselves the first time you need to recover 1 file.

+1

When my ancient iMac died, Time Machine restored everything on a new machine. Small price to pay.
 
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Thanks guys.
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?
 
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I'd get a larger disk as it will be able to keep a longer history. Besides external HDDs are dirt cheap.
 
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