Mac Backups

Posted on 2009-02-23
Last Modified: 2013-11-11
Have recently bought a MacBook Pro and also an Iomega external drive.
Have set up TimeMachine to backup everything except the Parallels folder (I use Parallels for Windows XP Pro).
It all works well. Sometimes I do a "manual" backup of the Parallels folder by creating a folder called, for example, "Parallels backup 1 feb 2009". I then right-click the Parallels folder on the Mac hard drive and select copy, double-click the folder I created and right click and paste.
The strange thing is that, if I open the backup I can see all the windows folders and files, whereas in the Parallels folder on the mac I only see the winxp.hdd file, presumably the virtual machine file, but I cannot display its contents.
What I would like to do is, if possible, to use for example Lingon to do a timed backup of certain windows folders to the hard drive. I assume that, as I can view these on the "manual" backup, I should be able to back them up even though the backup will be run under OSX, without partitioning the external drive to create an NTFS partition.
Ideally, I would like to keep a number of these backups called, say, "windows files backup 20 feb 2009", "windows files backup 23 feb 2009", ....., deleting the earliest after a few have been created.
Is it possible to do this?

Question by:bogorman
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    Expert Comment

    You cannot backup any Windows folders .. unless Parallels is running and the Windows Drive is mounted on the OSX desktop (a setting you can enable in the Parallels options for the VM).

    You are better using a Windows Backup tool  ... such as Win Backup (or one of a million other tools) to create scheduled backups.


    Author Comment

    Hi eoin,
    Thanks. Think you have probably told me that before!!!
    Have now upgraded to Parallels v 4.0 with no trouble. Was expecting problems as had read comments on the various forums about it. Unlike v 3.0, I get no error having mounted the drive in OSX when I run Parallels, however I assume the drive is not mounted in windows. How do I do that (am using a firewire cable)? Can see USB devices listed under Devices. There is, however, an option "All Mac Disks".
    Do I have to mount the drive manually every time I run Parallels or is there some way of automating it?


    Author Comment

    Any further thoughts on the above?
    LVL 39

    Accepted Solution

    Mount it Manually .. otherwise Parallels does not know which OS to attach the drive to.

    I've no Firewire drives here to test how Parallels treats them.. not sure you can switch them as easily.

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks, eoin.

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