I've got a 500GB HDD in my MacBook Pro, and want to clone it in preparation for installing an SSD. Then, I'd like to setup a Time Machine backup plan. Can I use the same drive to do both? Not sure if I'm thinking about this the right way, but hoped to take this as the first step in implementing a comprehensive backup plan. Will I need another drive to make this plan complete?
Unless things have changed, an external drive is needed for a Time Machine backup. Having said that, it shouldn't be a problem as long as you have enough available storage space on that external drive, in my opinion.