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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:14 pm 
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I would hope that Time Machine backs up the link without baking up the original files the link points to.

In other words if I have a Symbolic link residing in Drive A that points to a documents folder residing in Drive B, does the Time Machine backup include the link and NOT the data it points to? It could be the difference between 4KB and 1.7 GB in this instance.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 5:26 am 
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I think I have an answer to my own question. I do NOT think Time Machine backs up the data the sym link points to. I deduce this from noticing that when entered in the time machine view the symlink displays all the data linked to but does not offer the active button to 'recover' as it does for other data residing on the current drive.

Just my best guess. Can't really find a definitive answer.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:14 am 
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I can't either, but perhaps some clarity on the point here...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:29 am 
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No it doesn't. It treats the link like a file.

It won't follow the link on drive A (referring to a file/folder on drive B) if Drive B is not on its backup list.

It works something like the terminal command ditto. It just does what it is told to do.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:10 am 
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kjk555 wrote:
No it doesn't. It treats the link like a file.

It won't follow the link on drive A (referring to a file/folder on drive B) if Drive B is not on its backup list.

It works something like the terminal command ditto. It just does what it is told to do.

Thanks for the confirmation kjk555!

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