How to fix an over­flow­ing backup disk

Mac Format - - APPLETALK -

I work from home and cur­rently use Time Ma­chine to back up to a 340GB ex­ter­nal drive. Since I in­stalled that drive, I’ve up­graded my Mac mini and I now have a model with a 500GB drive. This is now per­ilously close to over­flow­ing the ex­ter­nal backup. I have sen­si­tive client doc­u­ments, so any kind of cloud­based backup is out of the ques­tion.

Can I just tell Time Ma­chine to only back up the client fold­ers? Or can I ex­tend my backup by adding another disk? Ja­son Har­ring­ford If you add another disk, Time Ma­chine will back up ev­ery­thing to that as well. You can click Op­tions in Time Ma­chine pref­er­ences and tell it which drives or fold­ers to ex­clude from the backup. If you add ev­ery folder ex­cept the ones with your client data, then th­ese will be the only things backed up from now on. But it won’t delete the orig­i­nal copy of the whole disk that was made when you first as­signed this disk to Time Ma­chine.

The best op­tion is to just buy a big­ger disk. A 750GB drive will cost about £37 from Ama­zon and this will give you plenty of room for all your data.

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