Can I Make 2 Bootable Backups On The Same HDD?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SamIchi, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030

    SamIchi

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    Or Do I have to partition the Hard Drive first? If I partion is there any way to do it without deleting my information that's already on there? I don't have enough disk space to back that up on another HDD.
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    No. Each partition can only have one OSX install on it--that's the nature of the beast.

    You can, as you surmised, partition the drive and have a bootable install on each partition, but I'm not aware of any utilities that can repartition an HFS+ drive without reformatting completely (excepting whatever trickery Apple has going with Bootcamp).

    Maybe I'm wrong about that second part--have a look on VersionTracker for partitioning utilities.

    I will note that drives are pretty cheap these days, so you might well be able to buy one for about the same as a utility might cost.

    Good luck, anyway.
     
  3. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

    SamIchi

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    Thanks. Making 2 bootables isn't necessary, but I guess it would of made things a little easier.

    Hmm... If, and when I actually do buy, my new hardrive. I could just place it in my external and backup my current OSX, and then replace my MB's HDD with the new one without messing with my other HDD. Sound plan?
     
  4. chosenwolf macrumors 6502a

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    Why not make a 3rd partition and make that bootable also?
     
  5. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

    SamIchi

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    I would if I had the space, and if partitioning didn't delete all my information. I already have 1 bootable on my external.
     

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