Currently Being ModeratedAug 9, 2012 7:32 AM (in response to EricGAnderson)
First I would read this tip. https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-4056
Second I would consider having two external drives because if that drive fails (it will eventually) you will lose both backups.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 9, 2012 7:59 AM (in response to EricGAnderson)
have partitioned into a partition for Time Machine and Superduper. My thought is to have a bootable backup using Superduper and use Time machine for individual user file storage and recovery.
I do exactly that, but I do not bother to make SD backups more than once every couple of weeks (I ca restore using Time Machine if I need to do that). As suggested earlier, I would have two external drives. I do, with SD on one and a partition for SD and Time Machine on the other.
BarryiMac, OS X Mountain Lion, 4 GB memory,DSL, Airport Express
Currently Being ModeratedAug 9, 2012 9:22 AM (in response to EricGAnderson)
OK. Thanks and I will copy my drive to an external drive and possibly get an identical 2 TB drive to use in rotation.
I need to determine what to exclude in Time Machine. I am excluding my Vista Parallels file (Windows Vista.pvm), but I need to choose some more files to eliminate from the Time Machine backup. I am sure that I don't need a lot of system files and non-changing files. In Windows I probably would eliminate the program apps, but on the Mac, they seem to be so "available" that I am concerned I might erase them by mistake and that is one of the reasons for Time Machine. However, Superduper may be just as easy a way to restore a file like an app that does not change from month to month. What do you all say?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 11, 2012 5:38 PM (in response to EricGAnderson)
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I am sure that I don't need a lot of system files
Yes, you do. First, they don't take up much space (they're only backed-up when they change); second, you can't do a full system restore without them. See Time Machine - Frequently Asked Question #11, especially the pink box.
Superduper may be just as easy a way to restore a file like an app that does not change from month to month.
A "simple" app, yes. A "complex" one (typically one that came with its own installer), no. Those put other files in other places, and/or "helper" apps; if you don't also restore all of them, the app won't work properly.
Again, the space saved is rarely significant.
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