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

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    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 G4

    Fishrrman

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    #2
    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

    Weaselboy

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

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