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Protecting data from accidental loss (1014511)

Purpose

This article discusses ways to protect your data from accidental loss. Making good backups of your data is essential.

Mac OS X (10.5 and above) includes Time Machine, a utility that makes hourly backups of all changed files on your Macintosh HD. This is suitable for Mac files, but is not a suitable solution for virtual machine files. For more information, see Best practices for virtual machine backup (programs and data) in VMware Fusion (1013628).

Resolution

To make good backups of your virtual machine files:
  1. Exclude the virtual machine (and its files) from Time Machine. For more information, see Excluding the Virtual Machines folder from being backed up by Time Machine (1014046).
     
  2. Optionally, make a copy of the virtual machine itself to preserve your Operating System and program installations/configurations. For more information, see Moving or copying a virtual machine within a VMware environment (1000936).
     
  3. Make backups of your virtual machine data files. For more information, see Best practices for virtual machine backup (programs and data) in VMware Fusion (1013628).

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