Seagate External Hard Drive help...formatting/partitioning

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by orland, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I have spent the past 5 hours going a bit crazy, trawling through what seems thousands of pages on the internet, I need clarification so I can get to sleep tonight.

    I bought a Seagate portable 250gb external hard drive today. Plug it in, and start looking on the net about how to format it to my MacBook 10.4.11.

    Now I don't use my laptop for anything majorly important - music, films, internet etc.
    I do have some important files. As a freelance illustrator, I use my laptop to scan in drawings, edit them, do graphic design work in Adobe programs, etc. I bought the Seagate in order to free up some space on my laptop and also to back up that small amount of important files.

    On my quest, I came across talk of partitioning the external hard drive. What I gather from this is that it's a good idea to do if I want to use the Seagate on both PC and Mac (which I do)

    I need advice.
    How do I actually format the Seagate?
    Do I need to back up my whole laptop? i.e. all 70gb of it onto the Seagate?
    If so, do I make 3 partitions? i.e. 1. laptop backup, 2. Windows use, 3. music/films/creative work

    How many partitions do I need?!!?!?

    Also, for some reason I started following some instructions that said to erase the new external hard drive before putting data on it... so I press erase in disk utility, saw that it would take 4 hours & skipped doing it. Was this a cretinous action? Will it affect the Seagate usage?

    I'm sorry, I'm not very techie - almost a Luddite. But thank you for any help, I'm sure there have been lots of external hard drive questions but I am going crazy. It's my day off too, surely time could be better spent?!!!
     
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    Hellhammer

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    Is the Seagate empty? 3 partitions would be best for you as then Time Machine doesn't fill the whole HD and you need a dedicated one for Windows anyway.

    Open Disk Utility and select partition, then use Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for TM and music/films etc and MS-DOS (FAT32) for Windows
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes the Seagate is empty.
    But I don't have Time Machine, my MacBook is about 3 years old - it's a Tiger
     
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    Hellhammer

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    Oh, sorry, my bad :eek:

    You can use Carbon Copy Cloner to make a backup. Then again, make as many partitions as you need
     

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