Restoring Time Machine backup onto new SSD == too big?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by LTX, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. LTX macrumors regular


    Dec 25, 2008
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    I should be receiving today or tomorrow the 32GB SSD that I bought, which I plan to place in my Macbook. My Time Machine backups are up-to-date, but it looks like the Backups.backupdb folder is more than 80GB, even though I am using less than 30GB on my Macintosh HD (keep in mind I recently removed a lot of files to free up space, to be able to either clone this over or restore from TM backup). After I install Leopard on the SSD and select Transfer my information from a Time Machine backup, how much of that 80GB is typically going to be copied? Can I force TM to discard the old backups?

  2. Str8edgepunker macrumors 6502

    Nov 4, 2001
    Philadelphia, PA
    It depends on how much data you currently have stored on your computer. Time Machine will only restore the disk contents at the point in time you select. Because Time Machine stores many more restore points than just one, that's why the size is so big. So if you have 25gb used on your drive at that particular restore point, you would be fine. Hope that helps.

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