Restoring time machine backup to smaller hard drive partition

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by phonyreal98, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. phonyreal98 macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2013
    What is the best way to restore a time machine backup to a smaller hard drive partition? My original partition was ~190 GB, I have about 90 GB worth of files that I need, and I would like to restore into a ~170 GB partition. My time machine backups are stored on an external hard drive.
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I don't think there will be any problems doing this.

    TM doesn't back up "empty space" on a hard drive.

    Just "used space" -- the files that are there.

    My advice:
    Just connect, then restore.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    That will work just fine since the amount of data is less than the new disk size.

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