No, Apple’s Time Machine is a backup tool.
If you “move” a file to another drive, that is not a backup, as there is still only one copy.
Time Machine is pretty basic. It will keep local snapshots, hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, & weekly backups for all previous months.
The oldest backups will be deleted when the disk fills up. Time Machine’s backups are not “bootable” and do not include the mac’s OS. You can set Time Machine to exclude folders and other drives/volumes on your Mac, that's about it.
My suggestion is to include Time Machine in your backup strategy. Keep it backing up to 1 or 2 external drives. External USB drives are reasonably priced. Costco has 5TB USB drives for under $100 this month.
Plus, create a weekly clone (likely bootable) using amazing software like Carbon Copy Cloner or Super Duper. I prefer Carbon Copy Cloner these days.
Alternating these cloned drives keeping one offsite is a good disaster recovery plan. I keep backup drives in a storage unit. If you have a nearby relative or a workplace to store offsite backups at, those are good choices too.
Apps like Carbon Copy Cloner can be used instead of Apple’s Time Machine, they do the same incremental backups and so much more. You can set Carbon Copy Cloner to preserve other data you have stored on a backup drive you use.
> On Aug 16, 2021, at 6:30 PM, 'Chuck Roast' via MacHACers <mach...@googlegroups.com
> When using time machine, can you setup the initial backup to move selected files/folders to the backup device as opposed to just copying them?
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