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Using a non-synced DB folder as my Time Machine backup destination

Explorer | Level 3

Hi!  I've read through all the posts with "Time Machine" in them here in the Help Forums and I still haven't seen this specific question answered.

Is anyone using an unsynced cloud DB folder as the destination for a Time Machine back up?  I recognize that I will want to exclude my local DB folder from the Time Machine backup.  

If anywhere here is doing it or has done this (using the unsynced cloud DB folder as the destination and excluding the local DB folder from the backup) let me know.  I am not using DB as a backup service, I'm using Time Machine as the backup service.  I'm using an unsynced cloud DB folder as the destination for the Time Machine-created back up file.

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Re: Using a non-synced DB folder as my Time Machine backup destination

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If the folder is not locally/removed by Selective sync, Time machine won't even see it. 

On the other hand, even if the folder was synced locally and Time machine could see it, syncing the two is not supported, as discussed in the previous threads I offered. 

Sorry I can't be more helpful with this. Hope I see you in another thread! 

Have a nice weekend! 


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Re: Using a non-synced DB folder as my Time Machine backup destination

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Hi @tko1908, thanks for going through other Community threads about this. 

All the Community threads regarding Time machine, I was able to find with a quick search, are from users actively syncing the two apps. 

Since you mention that the Dropbox folder is unsynced. I understand it is not linked to a Dropbox desktop app ( you have unlinked or uninstalled Dropbox completely). Without the app syncing, the Dropbox folder is a simple folder in your computer. You should be able to upload to your Time machine as back up. 

Just follow the steps to back up Dropbox to your Time Machine like you would with any other folder. 

Hope this helps. Happy Friday! 

 

 


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Re: Using a non-synced DB folder as my Time Machine backup destination

Explorer | Level 3

Ah it appears I'm asking the wrong question!  And I believe I really need to find someone who has done or is doing this.   But moreso:

I'd like to use a Selective Synced DB folder in the cloud (not synced with my local drive) as the destination for my Time Machine back ups.  I recognize I will want to excluse my local DB folder (which is synced) from the Time Machine back up.  

So I go into Time Machine preferences and choose Add Backup Disk.  How do I get Time Machine to look for what is essentially an online folder for it's destination?  

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Re: Using a non-synced DB folder as my Time Machine backup destination

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If the folder is not locally/removed by Selective sync, Time machine won't even see it. 

On the other hand, even if the folder was synced locally and Time machine could see it, syncing the two is not supported, as discussed in the previous threads I offered. 

Sorry I can't be more helpful with this. Hope I see you in another thread! 

Have a nice weekend! 


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