1 Reply Latest reply: Mar 25, 2012 5:48 PM by Pondini
Christine2012 Level 1 (0 points)

I am using my time machine for the first time. I have bought an external backup mobile drive 1TB.

I have turned time machine on and it has save only 149gb of 250gb. How do I get it to save 250gb?

How do I see what it has actually saved and once stored how do I view and restore certain files back to my laptop?

Many thanks Christine

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Pondini Level 8 (38,740 points)

    Time Machine does exclude some things automatically, such as system work files, most caches and logs, your trash, etc.  That's usually a few GBs, though, not 100!


    If the backup completed normally, then it backed-up everything it needed to.  It sounds like you have something extra-large (and somewhat hidden) taking up a lot of space.  See Where did my Disk Space go?  for some common culprits.


    For other info on Time Machine, you might want to start with the Time Machine Tutorial, and perhaps browse Time Machine - Frequently Asked Questions.  Questions #14-17 and 19 there cover the various ways to see and restore from your backups.  That's a lot of not-so-light reading, so don't hesitate to post back with any other questions.


    By the way, Time Machine is the software that performs backups, to various places.  A Time Capsule is a piece of Apple hardware combining a wireless router and hard drive, and is a good way to make wireless backups with Time Machine.