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    Jan 07, 2011
    MacBook Air (2010), 1.86GHz C2D, 4GB, 128GB SSD | Power Mac G4 DA 466MHz, 1GB, OS X 10.4.11, OS 9
    A silly question about backups

    From what I know, Time Machine makes backups of your entire hard drive and you can select which folders to exclude from your backups. I'd like to do it the other way round: select only the folders I want to back up, which in fact boils down to my entire home folder, which stores all my important data. I don't care about losing e.g. the applications when my Mac's hard drive crashes.

    I backup the hard drive of my Windows PC in the same way - just the data such as documents, photos, mp3 files and the like.

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    Nov 19, 2006
    York, UK
    24" Aluminium, 2.8 GHz, 4Gb RAM. iPad2, iPad mini2, iPhone5s
    So just select everything except the folders you want backing up. Simple.
    Happiness is not getting what you want, but wanting what you get.

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    Jan 19, 2008
    houston texas
    09 MBP 8GB ram 500GB HD OS 10.9 32B iPad 4 32GB iPhone 5 iOs7 2TB TC Apple TV3
    Time Machine > Options > Exclude These you hit the +. Are you sure you want to do this if something happens to your internal hard drive and you let Time Machine run as normal you can put back everything a whole lot easier and faster and since hard drives with large storage is very cheap buy at least 1TB.

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