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    Feb 20, 2013
    Using an external hard drive to free up space on my mac
    I'm down to about 500mb on the hard drive, so I decided to buy an external hard drive to free up some space on my Mac. My question is, what's that best way to go about doing this? I want to delete files that I don't use very often from my mac (e.g. my photos) and store them solely on the external hard drive. Would it be OK to use Time Machine to do this? Once I delete them from my mac, won't that sync up with my external hard drive? Let me know if this needs more clarification. Thanks for any help!

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
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    You didn't tell us which Mac you have? If it's a MacBook or MacBook Pro, the easier solution is to just replace the internal hard drive with a larger one. If you own an iMac, then replacing the hard drive is much more difficult.

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    Feb 20, 2013
    It's a MacBook Pro. If it's possible, I'd prefer just to do this on an external hard drive though... mainly since I already bought one.

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    Your best bet is to use a dedicated drive for time machine and another separate drive for any file archiving you may need to do
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