Question on backup size on new Macbook

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sinsin07, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009

    I just backup a a new Macbook Pro 17 to a Western Digital Elemements 2TB drive.

    I am new to Macs so I have a couple of concerns/questions

    The Macbook had nothing installed on it, vanilla setup.

    My two concerns
    1: The reformat of the drive using the directions found in the link below took less than 10 minutes. For 2TB I thought it would be much longer.
    Mac OSX 10.5.x (Leopard), 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), and 10.7.x (Lion)
    2: The first backup using time machine took about 10 minutes. The total size of the backup is 10.33GB

    Are any of these things normal or out of norm?

  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    For a brand new, empty drive, that could be about right.

    Time Machine should do a complete backup of your Mac on it's first run. Select your MacHD on the desktop, then Right/Ctrl click and select Get Info. It should tell you the drive's capacity and how much is used. Does it agree with the 10.33Gb of the backup?

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