Resolved a backup query (solved)

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  1. HiDeHo, Jan 8, 2013
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    I have just brought a 2TB external powered hdd.

    i am wanting to use it for my backup via time machine and data.
    i am going to be plugging the hdd into the modems usb port as a file server.

    what i really want to know is should i leave the drive as one partition or si it best to keep things separate.with 2 1TB partitions.

    any other tips and tricks for my setup would also be appreciated.

    edit: I decided to leave the drive as one hfs+(journaled) mac partition and just use it for my Time Machine backups.
    edit 2: in regards to general data partition, backup solution click here.
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    I suppose it's one of those things that's completely up to you!

    Any reason you want to have two partitions?
     
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    maflynn

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    Personally, I'd have my backup on one drive and a data drive completely separate. If you partition a single drive for a backup partition and a data partition and that drive fails you lose your data and backup.
     
  4. macrumors 68020

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    Explain to me how you will recover your data if this drive develops a fault. The purpose of a backup is duplication, so that if one device breaks down, another one still has ALL your data.

    As for partitioning: if you're not planning on using a partition for different file formats, or separate bootable volumes: don't. I have always regretted partitioning a drive and wanted to change the structure later.
    However, TM will fill any volume it uses, so there is a point in limiting that with a partition.

    But make sure that whatever data you put on the other partition is backed up on ANOTHER physical device.
     
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    Also note, the USB port on the MODEM is intended to provide internet connection in the case of a system with no LAN port. If you mean on the ROUTER, not all routers provide the ability to use Time Machine to back up to a device plugged into that USB port.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors member

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    ok i understand.

    right i guess leaving it on one partition is good enough.

    there is no harm in trying to see if time machine will backup over the network. I will leave the drive in ntfs. and see. thanks all.

    most helpful.

    next i will need a powered usb hub.
     
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    justperry

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    I am not sure about NTFS on a network but I think there will be no issues, but if you connect it directly to a mac it is read only, you need, or drivers which makes it R/W or a "hack" which has stability problems.
     
  8. macrumors 68020

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    TM needs an HFS+ format to work. You can use a sparse bundle image, which essentially simulates the HFS+ format, but it stores lots of metadata which needs the HFS+ format.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors member

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    the ntfs-3g driver gives the support to read and write properly to ntfs filesystem. click here
     

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