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Time Machine and VMWare?

397 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 16, 2012 12:59 PM by ds store RSS
Gerard Dirks Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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Feb 16, 2012 9:41 AM



In the past VMWare 1.1.12 was compatbile with Time Machine. I have seen an Installation of VMWare 3 where the windows drive was backup and nadeld as an container (only the changes are backup by TM)


Now in VMWare 4 it is adviced to exclude VMWare from backup with TM.


Is their a workaround for this. I setup TM (with TimeMachineEditor) only Backup 2 time a day, so this should not be the problem. But I hate that now the whole partition ist backuped :-(


Any suggestions?




MacBook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.7.2), 8 Gb RAM, 750Gb HD
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,015 points)
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    Feb 16, 2012 9:47 AM (in response to Gerard Dirks)

    I would disagree. Neither Parallels nor VM Fusion were "compatible" with Time Machine in the way you described. The psuedo-disc was always backed up in its entirety regardless of the magnitude of the changes. This has been the case in all the versions of both Parallels and VM Fusion. They both have recommended omitting the psuedo-disc in order to conserve space on a Time Machine backup drive.


    There is no workaround.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Feb 16, 2012 12:59 PM (in response to Gerard Dirks)

    Windows is a entire operating system and programs inside, it's quite large I would assume with all the snapshots, for TM to save multiple changes of that would likely fill the TM drive.


    Anyway that's just a guest.



    The files in VMFusion for other operating systems are just that, files, just very larger ones.


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    What you can do is get another external drive equal too or larger than your internal boot drive, use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the internal to the external (include the Lion Recovery Partition)


    Leave it disconnected and update it (no archiving) once in awhile, you can hold the option key and boot from this external drive just like before if you should ever need to do so. Also you can erase and reverse clone onto the internal drive or replace files etc.


    Just no Filevault or Bootcamp, if you need to clone bootcamp, use Winclone.


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