Restore from Time Machine to a different size SSD?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Highdom_MAc, Jul 22, 2017.

  1. Highdom_MAc macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2017
    I have an iMac with 1TB HDD. I have bought an 500 GB SSD and now I want to replace the hard disk. I use more or less 450 GB right now (but in the past I had more space used). I just have made a backup with Time Machine. My issue is: can I restore my files stored in the last Time machine backup to this 500 GB SSD without any problems even if the time machine is set to 1TB but the size of the last one is under 500 gb?

    Thanks! I hope to have explained well my problem!
  2. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Simple answer.
    Yes, as long as there's less space than 500GB.

    If it doesn't it won't restore, you would get a notification.
  3. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    In theory, yes, Mac OS seems to be a bit non-specific on exactly how much space is being used, so 450GB may not be an exact number. I recommend deleting whatever you can first. Also, when you restore from TM, you will get a choice of which TM snapshot you want to use. Finally, 450GBs on a 500GB drive seems a bit tight. Rule of thumb is get a bigger drive when 90% full. Again, storage requirements expand and contract a fair bit: files set aside for TM backup, swap space, and so on.

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