Time machine

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  1. DannyBres macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2007
    I have a 120gb hdd in my macbook. if i got a 500gb external for time machine over time would it just gradually fill all the space? or can you limit it to just like 200gb? and will i be able to use the drive for other storage too?
  2. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

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    Apr 2, 2006
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    you can limit how much time machine uses by creating a partition on the external disk using disk utility. Alternatively you can let time machine use r
    the whole disk and it will eventually fill it up completely. You can put other files on a time machine disk - time machine just stores its files in a directory off the root directory
  3. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
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    it will take quite a while to fill up that 500 GB external drive if youve got a 120 GB drive unless you do heavy video work, but then you would probably use other means on backup other than time machine such as network servers and RAIDS. ive got a 200 GB external and a 80 GB external and i still havent filled it up since i first installed Leopard.

    but if you want to limit the space yep partition the drive before you start using it. also set time machine not to backup the other partition if you want to. that will save a bit of space if you plan on not backing up the files stored on it.

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