12-28-2010 04:18 AM
I am using Time Machine to backup my 3 apple computers on my new My Book Live. The way Time Machine works, it will keep previous states of my computers, until the backup drive is full. For example, if I delete one 2GB movie, time machine will keep it in the backups (in case I deleted by mistake).
This way, Time Machine is going to fill My Book with old backups and leave no space for my other files.
Is there a way to put a quota on the MyBookLive backup share in order to restrict Time Machine from claiming all the space?
02-15-2011 07:37 PM
I noticed that Time Machine backup can not be accessed through Finder, and there is a separate network device "MyBookLive-backup" showing on the network device list. However, it can not be mounted or modified on the desktop. Is that normal?
If this "backup" space can not be accessed, there is no easy way to impose the TM size limit, such as those being suggested on Apple Support sites using a modified sparesbundle files. Will future program update through WD be able to allow size limit?
03-02-2011 09:38 PM
I haven't found a solution, but I must say the problem was not as big as I had initially thought. After 3 months of using Time Machine, my 3 backups did not grow significantly. They did grow a little, but as much to create a problem.
If they keep like this, they will fill my disk in maybe 2 years, which is not so bad.
Things you can do to make them grow less fast is to exclude folders that hold temporary files, like the Download folder. Also, once a year, you can delete the backups and start over.
03-05-2011 08:40 AM
> Also, once a year, you can delete the backups and start over.
That way, you loose, once a year, the benefit of having timemachine (over rsync or other non-version-based backup soft)