partitioning external hard drive (with powerbook)

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by orijinal, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. orijinal macrumors 6502

    orijinal

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    Just bought a new My Book 320Gig for a pretty nice deal, and decided to partition it.

    I'm allocated 80 gigs of it to work with my backup software for my Powerbook's hard drive, and the rest as a normal dump drive to store movies, music, other media.

    I've opened up the Disk Utility program, but with my zero-non experience with this, I'm not sure what to do completely.

    So far I've pre-setup that there will be two partitions, and have allocated the sizes for both. What I need help with is the formatting, There are many choices, from Mac OS Extended, to Mac OS Extended, Journaled, UNIX, MS-Dos, Free Space, etc.

    What format should I use for the two partitions, keeping in mind that one will be used in conjunction with the backup software I have for my Powerbook (that came with the WD Drive), and one just as a dump drive for my media?

    Thanks!
     
  2. reh macrumors 6502a

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    If it's just for your Mac, use the default.
    Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
     
  3. orijinal thread starter macrumors 6502

    orijinal

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    hmm, now that i think about it... what if i want to use one partition as backup for my powerbook, and one as a media allocation that i can also connect to a PC for example? what should i partition each as?
     
  4. reh macrumors 6502a

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    MS-DOS
     
  5. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    Mac only partitions: Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
    Mac/Windows partitions: MS-DOS
     
  6. orijinal thread starter macrumors 6502

    orijinal

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    and i assume under "options" i'm selecting "master boot..." (3rd and last option, under options)
     
  7. orijinal thread starter macrumors 6502

    orijinal

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    is there a way i can secure this external hard drive so that only i am the one able to use it?
     
  8. gman71882 macrumors 6502

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    One option:
    When you partition the hard drive create a "Sparse Disk Image" With Disk utility. enter a password and DONT FORGET IT!!!!
    anything you want securely saved store it to the sparse disk image and store the disk image on the External HD.

    Im not sure if there is a way to password protect the whole drive itself... although it seems logical that there is some type of software out there that can secure it.
     

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