Time Machine

Discussion in 'macOS' started by cristian.ny95, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. cristian.ny95 macrumors newbie

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    Hey, I hava a 120 GB MacBook Air and i am planning on buying a portable HDD to use with Time Machine. I can't decide whether to get a 500 GB or a 1 TB drive. Is 500 GB enough?
     
  2. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    I would get 1TB. They're not very expensive and the space will come in handy for more than just Time Machine.
     
  3. cristian.ny95 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was thinking about that but I know I'm only going to be using this drive for only this Mac and only Time Machine backups nothing more. Taking that into consideration is 500 GB enough for a 120 GB time machine?
     
  4. Bear macrumors G3

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    It depends on how much data you change and how long you want to keep your backups for. In general 500GB should be more than enough for a 120GB system.

    I would however check the price difference between 500GB and 1TB. For less than a $10 difference it might be good to go with the larger drive anyway.
     
  5. cristian.ny95 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    They 500 GB is $90 and the 1 TB is $110
     
  6. steve-p macrumors 68000

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    500 GB is plenty. I have 1 TB to back up 500 GB, and still have a year's worth of backups on there.

    Normally I would say getting the bigger drive for a bit extra would be more future proof, but presumably it's USB 2 which is itself becoming dated anyway. But if you're sure you won't ever want to use the disk for backing up a second Mac, a bigger Mac, or some other purpose, then go with the 500 GB.
     

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