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08-30-2008, 07:12 AM

I run an Intel based imac with 500 Gb harddrive on Tiger. The HD is getting full soon.

As of now I am backing up everything to a Drobo using Smart update. I understand that Smart update will remove files from the destination files if they are removed from the source file.

What I want to do is:

1. I wan to delete files from my internal HD to clear up space
2. I do not want to loose any files on my Drobo, so I assume Smart update is not an option anymore

What is the best way forward for me.



08-30-2008, 08:36 AM
Partition the Drobo into two (or more) volumes, one for your real backup and one for your 'archived' items. Rather than deleting them, move the files you want to remove from the internal to the 'archive', and continue using Smart Update for your backup.

08-31-2008, 07:54 AM
Hello David,

thanks. I will partition the Drobo into 2 volumes. One for my normal backup:
Volume 1:

- pictures I am working on
- Music files
- documents

Volume 2:

- Archived pictures exclusively

In addition I am still struggling with a bootable backup. As you know I have this 160 GB FW drive sitting around. As my internal HD has much more data on it then what is available on the external 160 Gb drive I can not just clone my internal drive onto this external drive.

What I am struggling with is I do not know what folders/files to include exactly into this backup so that I have only my OS + Apps + Preferences on it. I assume I have to run it via your scripts.

Thanks for any help


08-31-2008, 09:03 AM
But you can't do that, Sigi. Applications are stored all over the place, including the system. Your "Volume 1" should be a full "Backup - all files".