MBP with 500GB HD...what to buy to use Time Machine?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by learnballer, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. learnballer macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2010
    Victoria BC Canada
    Hey folks! I've got a 2010 MBP with 500GB hard drive and I think it's about time I backed it up. I've never used Time Machine before and I've had good experience with Western Digital products. I have a few external WD drives already (two 250GBs, one 320GB), so I'm leaning towards another WD one to use with Time Machine.

    I've read I should get one that's 1.5X to 2X the hard drive size...so 750GB or 1TB?

    Can you recommend something you're happy using with a similar MBP configuration? Can I plug it in and back up once a week or do I have to plug it in more regularly?

  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Depends on how much space you use. I have a 320GB drive and a 320GB Time Machine drive. I only have about 90GB filled on my internal, and 100 or so filled on my Time Machine, so if you don't use a ton of space on it, a 500GB drive would be fine for you. You can plug it in once a week and that will be fine.

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