How much should i partition for Time Machine?

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  1. rjjk91 macrumors newbie

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    I just bought a 500 gig external hard drive and was wondering how much of it i should partition to Time Machine. My mac is new so i think i have only used something like 40 gigs.

    Also same question goes for if i want to clone my HDD?
     
  2. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Well you want to give your Time Machine as much as you can spare. As with cloning, whatever clone you do will be the same size as the partition you're cloning.
     
  3. Fa7mac macrumors regular

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    the recommended is double the size of your mac HDD or at least the equal size.

    I have a 160Gb HDD Macbook and i reserved 320Gb on my 1TB external HDD for time machine when i did the partition
     
  4. rjjk91 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    also what does this mean? When i go into disk utility and click on my drive there is a format tab. i have it in Mac OS Extended (Journaled) is this what i want?
     
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Yes. I use 1.5x my internal drive's capacity for TM.
     

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