Two physical SSD drives and one Time Machine backup

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Two physical SSD drives and one Time Machine backup

I am about to upgrade my MacBook, which has a single 500 GB SSD, and I need more space ASAP. I bought that drive in 2013.

I would love to get a new, fast 1T SSD, but don't have the cash, and am considering using the CD drive on my MacBook for a second 500 GB SSD.

But how does this work with Time Machine?

I love to be able to plug in an external backup drive and know that when that external drive is unmounted, it contains all the latest files.

What about if I had two physical drives?

How does Time Machine solve this new wrinkle?
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BY default, Time Machine will backup all internal drives and you would need to specifically exclude it for it not to be backed up.  Read this:
http://www.baligu.com/pondini/TM/32.html
But; as a note, I just got an ad for a 1TB Samsung 860 EVO for $120.00US and have you tried CCleaner to dump the junk?
noxchoIT Product Manager
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Why would you like to store Time Machine files on SSD drive? Better get a conventional drive for backup and invest more money in bigger single SSD drive.
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No, the Time Machine is used to store the SSD's onto external standard drives.

I like what I heard that TM will back it up without any additional configuration.

BUT, whenI go to do a full restore, I presume I would need 1T on the target machine...

But, I like the sound of these low cost 1T SSD's. This might be my choice.

I have not tried to clean junk, and honestly, there much be lots of old programs I do not use anymore.

Speaking of which...

Can I just use Finder > Applications and delete the ones I do not want? Will this delete all the files associated with that app?
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>>   I like the sound of these low cost 1T SSD's  <<<  best look at the write speeds, and compare them with higher end ones
Some apps require special uninstallation; but, for the most part, dragging the app to the trash takes care of it.
You might also want to check out CCleaner Mac, it dumps the trash that is not so easily found sometimes:
https://www.ccleaner.com/ccleaner-mac
BTW (By The Way), your options for an SSD upgrade are determined by the vintage of the MacBook.  If you click the Apple icon and about this mac, it should tell you.  What model, year, or series is it (i.e. MacbookPro9,2)?
curiouswebsterSoftware Engineer

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MacBook info
here it is...
That MacBook uses a traditional hard disk drive so a normal SATA SSD will fit just fine.  It's gone up a little bit; but, here is a Samsung 860 EVO (which is a top notch drive) for $147:
https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Inch-Internal-MZ-76E1T0B-AM/dp/B078DPCY3T
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