Posted on 2009-02-23
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?