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Use Apple Backup 3.2 beyond the Home Folder Apps
With Apple's release of Backup 3.2 in April, they removed the ability to chose files and folders located outside of your home folder. Prior to this version, you could choose any file on the hard drive, in addition to files on remote servers (such as on an AFP shared volume). A simple editing of a .plist file will allow you enter any path on the system. [crarko adds: The Backup 3.2 program is fully functional only to MobileMe subscribers, and is complementary to Time Machine.]

The backup information is stored in ~/Library/Application Support/Backup/BackupSets/. The folders in there have a unique id, so you will will have to drill down in each one to find the Backup you need. If you drill down in each one's Contents/InfoPlist.strings, you can use QuickLook to see the name in that file that corresponds to your backup set. Of course, if you make a new one, the folder with the unique id will have a creation date of today.

In the correct BackupSet folder, you will find a package User.quickpick. Show the package contents and then you will want to edit Contents/Versions/1.0/Resources/DefinitionPlist.strings. You will find a section of that file called 'Graft Paths'. From here, simply change the existing folder paths to your desired path.

Eg. pattern = ~/Documents;
change it to pattern = /Volumes/Drive/FolderToBackup;

If you have any folders within that folder to exclude, be sure to also edit the 'Prune Paths' section further in the strings file.

Eg. pattern =/Volumes/Drive/FolderToBackup/FolderToExclude;

First indications of testing it show a correct backup and restore.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one. It seems you need to be mindful of permissions and open files, though.]
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Use Apple Backup 3.2 beyond the Home Folder
Authored by: wildmac on Jun 24, '10 08:11:37AM

Or you can just drag a file or a folder in the window. That still works....



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The hint gives the hard way...
Authored by: NameAnon on Jun 24, '10 09:05:13AM
The hint gives the hard way...

The easy and supported way:

  • Make a "New Plan" and select "Custom" for the template.
  • From a finder window drag folders you want to include into the "Backup Items" area.
  • To exclude subfolders, double click on the parent folder in the list and exclude items the same way you would for and other plan.
And it's just as easy to modify existing plans. (And yes, I am running Backup 3.2.)

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Use Apple Backup 3.2 beyond the Home Folder
Authored by: ClairDC on Jun 24, '10 09:38:21AM

It is unfortunate that they made that change. There is another way, much simpler. While you cannot choose outside of the home folder with the "+" button. You can drag items into the "Backup Items" window to add them.



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Use Apple Backup 3.2 beyond the Home Folder
Authored by: ag_forums on Jun 24, '10 09:58:03AM

You can always just drag and drop any folder to the backup items box even if they are not in your home folder. Tested and works



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Use Apple Backup 3.2 beyond the Home Folder
Authored by: crarko on Jun 24, '10 10:57:10AM

Thanks, all! The simple way is a good way.



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Use Apple Backup 3.2 beyond the Home Folder
Authored by: bauldrywc on Jun 24, '10 11:07:45AM

I don't use Backup 3.2, so I can't test this, butů

Wouldn't a hard link (Un*x: ln <path> <name>) made in your 'Home' folder be a simple, and maybe even useful, solution?



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Use Apple Backup 3.2 beyond the Home Folder
Authored by: adamberti on Jun 24, '10 03:47:21PM

Well I can't believe I never bothered trying to drag and drop... it's so simple! Thanks for the feedback on this. I've read so many hints on this site over the years and thought I should try and contribute....



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Use Apple Backup 3.2 beyond the Home Folder
Authored by: gotom on Feb 17, '11 12:21:51PM

Glad it worked for you in June 2010 because it doesn't seem to work for me here in Feb 2011. Just nagsme to create a new plane. Been there did that,
Tom



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Move Apple Backup 3.2 to a new iMAC.
Authored by: bob221b1 on Jan 06, '14 07:27:29PM

Hi,

How does one move Backup 3.2 from an older iMAC to a new one, and 'fix' things so it treats the old mobile me full version as good on a new computer?

Thank you,
Bob



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