Resolved a backup query (solved)

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  1. HiDeHo, Jan 8, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2013

    macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2012
    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


    Jul 12, 2011
    I suppose it's one of those things that's completely up to you!

    Any reason you want to have two partitions?
  3. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    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

    Jun 15, 2012
    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.
  5. macrumors 68000

    Apr 25, 2012
    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

    Sep 19, 2012
    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.
  7. macrumors 603


    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

    Jun 15, 2012
    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

    Sep 19, 2012
    the ntfs-3g driver gives the support to read and write properly to ntfs filesystem. click here

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