Strategy for backing up Parallels folder on a MacBook Pro, etc.
Posted on 2009-02-12
Have just bought an Iomega MiniMax 500gb backup disk for my MacBook Pro.
I use Parallels and have Windows XP Pro installed in/on it.
1. My Parallels folder has a size of about 30GB. I understand that Time Machine will try and back this up when there are ANY changes to ANY windows file. If I am right I obviously cannot include it in my automatic backups. Also, I find that, with the backup running when I start the Parallels Desktop VM I get the errors:
Unable to complete Backup.
Device Removal. The device you removed was not properly put away.
What is the best strategy for backing up the Parallels folder, say, once a day? I was wondering if I could, say, exclude the Parallels folder from backing up in Time Machine and then write some applescript which would run on startup and copy the Parallels folder to another folder, renaming it to "Copy of Parallels Folder" (thus overwriting the previous copy).This would presumably result in the next backup backing this folder up but not doing so for the remainder of the day as it will not have changed. If this is a good idea what would the applescript be and where would I put it to run on startup?
2. Is TimeMachine the right software to use. I would prefer to create a bootable backup (don't think TM does this) as I would like to be able to switch to the backup disk and run software on it just as I can on the MacBook to check that everything is ok. I would like then to be able to restore everything in the event of a disk failure. I assume, unlike windows, everything should run ok again