Time Machine Backup size, Can I limit it?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mikebike125, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. Mikebike125 macrumors 6502

    Mikebike125

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    I have a 1TB external drive but I want to use half of it to store videos. Is there a way I can tell TM to limit its backup to 500GB?
     
  2. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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  3. Mikebike125 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What if I already have some of my movies on it and also some TM back ups? Will the partitioning erase all of that?
     
  4. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

    ergdegdeg

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    No, HFS+ is able to do that. But you will have to move the movies over to the other partition afterwards.
     
  5. Mikebike125 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I opened Disc Utility but I son't see a partition option. Could you possibly walk me through this?
     
  6. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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    In Disk Utility, click on the the drive (the one with no indent in the list).
    Then go to tab "Partition". Select the one partition in that graphic. Click on the + underneath and highlight the newly created partition. Choose the size and click apply.
     
  7. Mikebike125 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mikebike125

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    I've got to look a little more into this. It just dawned on me to look in the Help section of the Disc utility and it says
    "NOTICE: Partitioning a disk erases all the files on the disk. If want to save any files on the disk, be sure to copy them to another disk before you partition the disk."

    I might just have to copy the files back onto my original HD and then re partition the drive...... There should be an easier way I would think. Possibly some sort of maximum size limit in Time Machine. I just want to be safe and not lose any files.
     
  8. WhoPhD macrumors member

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    The silence from ergdegdeg is deafening!!

    Mike, take a look at the second comment after the article on here:
    http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20071108020121567

    CK.
     

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