How big of an external drive should I get for Time Machine?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mizzou02RS, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. Mizzou02RS macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2005
    Hi, all...

    On Monday, I ordered the new high-end 13" MBP (2.9ghz i7/8GB RAM) with a BTO 1TB hard drive. This is my first MBP, so I was curious how big of an external hard drive I should get for Time Machine backups? Would a 1TB drive do it? 2TB or 3TB?

    Thanks for your help!
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I would recommend you buy as much capacity as you can afford, but a minimum of 1TB.
  3. danetello macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2010
    London, UK
    I have got a 1TB HD in my MBP and I use a 1TB for the backup. As the user above says, its best to buy as much as you can afford because you can keep older backups for longer.

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