Just got Leopard, Time Machine Question

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  1. vp719 macrumors regular

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    Just got leopard this morning and am setting up Time Machine, 2 questions:
    1. I was planning on using my External that i've had for a few months now for it, but it says during setup that it's going to reformat it - so i'm going to lose everything i have on there? and way to avoid that?

    2. If i go buy a new external just for TM, how much memory should be on it?

    Thanks, Merry Christmas
     
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    You could partition your external, and use one partition for time machine, leaving the other partition untouched.

    If you buy a new hard drive, get a big a one as you can afford.
     
  3. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    1: The external has to be in the HFS+ format, so that is the reason

    2: I'm with the guy above me, get as large a drive as you can afford, but the general rule of thumb would be to get one that is about 1.5-2 times as large as your internal drive (at least). So if you have a 100GB hard drive in your computer, get a 150-200GB external.

    And, a tiny little, niggling issue.... memory is almost solely used to refer to RAM, you meant to ask, 'how much space/storage should be on it?'
     

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