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You are really kind of missing the point of the Time Machine if you go about it how you are talking. It creates a full image of the PC in it's current state, then does incremental backups (changes made to the PC) each time. When the TM drive is full, it starts deleting old entries in favor of new ones. It is more recommended that a full drive be allocated to the Time Machine and it just left alone.

First of all, the Time Machine drive needs to be at least as big as your hard drive. There would be no way to even create the initial backup required. Personally, if you have a 256 GB Hard drive, give TM 500 GB. I have a 500GB Hard Drive in my Mac and a 1 TB hard drive plugged into my Airport Extreme for only TM.

All that being said, if you really only want to back up vital data, then back up what is in your home directory only. The machine can always be restored via the install disks and the applications re-downloaded and re-installed. If you use the App store, even easier.

Besides, as inexpensive as external hard drives are anymore, it just makes more sense to use the full one for the TM and just get a 2nd one for other use.

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