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Dan Lester
11-04-2013, 05:49 PM
There are workarounds for me, but I was wondering if it was possible to easily do a complete backup with SuperDuper *excluding* one VERY BIG folder. As in, backup everything, but ignore this folder.

I have a 100GB software package that I've just installed with my otherwise 80GB home disk, and I only have a 160GB backup disk handy.Until I get a bigger backup disk, I'd really like to have a backup of the System (and other stuff, ideally) that I can use to boot from if I have a problem with my home disk. If something happens to my 100GB software package, I can just take an hour or two to reinstall it if I have to.

As for bootable backups, Target Disk Mode isn't an option, since I've got Thunderbolt on everything, and no TB<->TB cables yet.

Yeah, I could have done this if I had thought of it BEFORE I installed that humungous software package, but I didn't realize it wouldn't fit on my backup disk with the rest. As a result, I now have a system that is unbackupable.

dnanian
11-04-2013, 05:58 PM
Yes, there are steps in the User's Guide to do exactly that... (Help > User's Guide)

larco
11-11-2013, 12:33 PM
I guess I forgot that SuperDuper! copies to the Target/Destination first before it deletes to exclude a folder.

I was trying to exclude my Music/iTunes folder (275GB)
My source is 442 GB and target is 401 GB.

SuperDuper! copied the Music/iTunes folder first each time and failed with "No Space Left" error.

I decided to enlarge the SD target disk and finally just copied it all any way.
I am going to exclude the folder- just to see if I was using the User's Guide exclude copy script correctly

dnanian
11-11-2013, 12:38 PM
No - we act on encounter. I would really make sure, yes, that you copy everything. Excluding stuff just means you'll pay in time and effort recreating it in the future, should you need to restore. And your time is worth far more than the typical cost of storing the data.

larco
11-11-2013, 12:45 PM
Thanks Dave you are right!

I decided to do a complete bootable backup. It is all or nothing -just in case.