Time Machine HDD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Vinsanity93, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. Vinsanity93 macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2010
    I'm planning to use my old laptop's 320 GB HDD to backup using Time Machine. Do I have to partition it if I wanted to put other files on the drive or can I just leave it as 1 partition? And if I did have to partition it, how much space would be sufficient for TM? I never had a mac and I want to get a MBP around April/May.
  2. vbman213 macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2010
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    Nope. TM creates a folder in the external drive. However, you should know that TM will continue to fill the drive until it is full. So creating a separate partition just for TM is the best way to preserve some storage for misc. files

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