How big should the external hard drive be to back up Mac?

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My MacBook pro 13 inch recently just died on me. I can't even boot it up onto the home screen. I've gone onto the disk utility and tried to repair the disk but I can't.

I was really stupid before and never bothered to back up my files and I have some really important files in the computer. Can I back

My MacBook pro 13 inch recently just died on me. I can't even boot it up onto the home screen. I've gone onto the disk utility and tried to repair the disk but I can't.

I was really stupid before and never bothered to back up my files and I have some really important files in the computer. Can I back it up now using disk utility? How big should the external hard drive be, any suggestions? What do I do?
How do I know how big the backup on my computer is?

Other answer:

Ceci:
The external hard drive should be the same size or larger than the one you're backing up… 1-3TB externals are not very expensive. I'd also suggest buying something like Carbon Copy Cloner. It can create a bootable copy of your Mac's hdd so if you have a failure you can boot into the USB copy of it and lose nothing. Can also clone it back as soon as you get the replacement drive.
Viss:
There is no set rule but your external drive should be greater than the source drive (Mac HD) to take the full backup of the drive. Stellar Drive Clone is a nice software where you can choose SOURCE/DESTINATION drives and even clone with and without resizing the destination disk.
John:
I use a 500GB drive, and that is PLENTY big, since all the subsequent backups will only store information that changed from the previous backup, and if you boot into recovery mode (cmd+r) and reinstall OSX, you should be fine
Elbert Melville:
Cannot back it up if it's not turning on. Should've backed it up before. Files likely lost forever. Move on after calling Apple or going to apple store

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