What is the best action when the TM backup drive is filling up?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hajime, May 20, 2009.

  1. hajime macrumors 68030

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    I have been using a 1TB drive to backup my MBP for almost a year. The drive is going to be filled up soon. What is the best action in this case? Buy another 1TB drive, get a 2TB drive and move existing backups to the new drive or simply remove old backups from the current drive when TM prompts me to? Is it a good idea to remove old TM backups? I suppose that if I delete too many incremental backups, I may not be able to recover some files when I need them in the future.
     
  2. JRob65a6 macrumors regular

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    I think that TM will keep going over the oldest data you have on your backup once it is full.
     
  3. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Unless your boot disk is getting more full than the capacity of the TM disk there's no reason to move to a larger disk. I recommend having at least 40GB more on the Time Machine disk than the volume it's backing up.
     
  4. PilotWoo macrumors regular

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    Do nothing. Time Machine will overwrite your oldest data and the Time Machine disk will stay around 100% used now until you stop using it. Would you ever need to go back that far?
     
  5. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

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    yup. Remember, Time Machine is for backing up, not archiving.
     

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