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    time Machine experts needed, sparsebundle problem

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    time Machine experts needed, sparsebundle problem
    hi all..
    i got a Macbook pro and and external USB HDD ...

    Now my problem is that my USB HDD is also used to Documents and files...So i can use it just for time machine ? or Can i ?

    Is it possible to Create a sparsebundle blank disk image on the external HDD and Get time machine to backup to the Sparsebundle Image which is located on the External USb HDD.


    the reason i want to do this is so i can use the USB Disk for documents and other stuff and not just time machine...

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    time Machine experts needed, sparsebundle problem
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    Time Machine does not have a problem sharing the drive with other folders. Just start up Time Machine. There is no need to manually create a sparsebundle, TM will do that all on it's own.

    While not recommended:
    I have been using a Time Capsule for TM backups of 3 Macs now, along with a separate iTunes backup and another folder in which I keep a copy of my Win 7 HTPC drivers/software for 4 years.
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    time Machine experts needed, sparsebundle problem

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    yes but then Timemachine, how will i stop timemachine from filling up my external HDD..
    preferably without partitioning the External HDD.

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    time Machine experts needed, sparsebundle problem
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    You won't stop it from filling up the drive.

    Whether it will fill it up depends on how much stuff you move on and off the machine. I have 1 Mac (my wife's) who's TM backup file after 4 years is less than 40GB in size. My personal primary Mac, I have to delete the existing TM backup and start it over again every 9-12 months because I do a whole lot of in and out data along with Aperture database, big iTunes library and virtual machines and it can grow to over 600 GB in a relatively short period of time. Just depends on how you are using your machine.

    If you want to set a limit on the size of the TM backup, then you should partition the drive.
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