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Exclude Steam from Time Machine

I'm using Time Machine and each time a game gets updated it backs up the entire game again. How can I stop this?

When setting up Time Machine on your computer make sure that you exclude the /Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/:

  • Open Time Machine
  • Click on the lock in the bottom left to edit your preferences
  • Click on Options
  • Click on the little '+' sign at the bottom to exclude a specific directory
  • Add your /Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Steam/SteamApps/ folder to the exception list

Time Machine will no longer backup your SteamApps folder each time a game is updated. This will avoid large amounts of data being backed up with only minor updates.

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