How big should the partition be for a dedicated OS back-up?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MaCnation, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. MaCnation macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2009
    I am going to partition a 160 gig hard drive to use as 1. a dedicated os back-up, i.e. no videos or pictures or anything needless, and 2. storage for some media items.
    How big should the partition for the os back-up area be and still allow for some expansion as the os gets larger?
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    At a minimum 2.5 times the size of the OS, so you can make at least two full backups.

    It really depends on how often the OS is updated/changed. I'd go for at least 4 times as big as the OS, maybe more.
  3. Tesselator macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008
    ??? I dunno where 2.5 comes from and it's almost completely useless to put two identical back-ups on one drive.

    OP: You know that the Users folder, Applications folder, and the Library folder can and most often do contain images, music, video, PDFs, and other large files which can accumulate to a very large size indeed?

    If you plan to sift though all that or at least keep the Users and Library folders in a separate drive, partition or excluded from the backup then all you need for the rest of the OS typically speaking is about 150 GB in Snow Leopard and 200 GB in Leopard. But it can vary by a lot depending on what you have installed, you're install habits, and whether or not you keep all the OS folders together.

    I just slimmed my OS down from about 600 GB to just under 300 GB. I killed 140 GB in my Library folder so now it's only 110 GB, I deleted 250GB from my Users folder so now it's only 60 GB, and I killed about 80 GB of data from the Applications folder so now it's only 98 GB.

    The rest of the SL OS folders are really tiny in comparison. Here's me current system:

    /Volumes/OSX RAID0/Library        110 GB
    /Volumes/OSX RAID0/Applications   100 GB
    /Volumes/OSX RAID0/Users           60 GB
    /Volumes/OSX RAID0/System           5 GB
    /Volumes/OSX RAID0/Developer        4 GB
    /Volumes/OSX RAID0/Moved Items     30 KB
    /Volumes/OSX RAID0/boot            20 KB 
    /Volumes/OSX RAID0/Resources       10 KB
    /Volumes/OSX RAID0/home             0 KB
    /Volumes/OSX RAID0/net              0 KB
    And three or four others have told me this is about right for them as well.

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