Advice / Guideance on External Backup & Win7 Partition

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Eddiesalsa, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. Eddiesalsa macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    Good morning,

    I am new to the Mac environment, so please accept my apology if this is a redundant inquiry. I just recently purchased an iMac 27in (love it) and migrated over from a PC.

    My 1st inquiry is that I have several small programs that are just windows based and was considering going the boot-camp route or even using Parrellels. How much disk space should I allocate for Win7 (64bit)? Although I have office for windows, I just acquired office for Mac so I won’t be doing much in the windows environment only for personal programs that are only windows based.

    My 2nd inquiry is I currently have the following types of external hard drives all Western Digital (1TB, 2TB, 2nd 2TB, 3TB-Mybook Live). I purchased the 1TB & 2TB quite awhile ago way before I consider purchasing a Mac. I used my 1TB where I store all of my movies in an iso format via Clone DVD. I then transfer movies to my portable 500gb drive to view the movies on my WDTV Live (didn’t want a large HD sitting on my HT cabinet). I currently used only one of my 2TB HD to back up my music, photos, home videos, and certain files prior to my migration to the Mac. The 2nd 2TB has never been used. I got the 3TB Live figuring I can load a back up or 2nd copy of photos, music, movies and access them over the net on my iphone4, or iPad2.

    Given my current hardware, how should I best utilize these external drives? I know I should consider going the route of a drobo or even HP Home server (ebay), but these HD were purchase sometime ago I can’t return them, with the exception of the 3TB Live. I want to best utilize what I currently have; now that I have this new amazing iMac, and figure I should ask for some expert advice here.

    Any information, guidance or suggestions anyone can provide will be greatly appreciated, thanks for your time and support on this.

    Best regards
  2. EricT43 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2011
    If you are handy with a screwdriver, you can take the drives out of the cases and put them into a Drobo or WHS, if you want to go that route. Be aware that WHS does not really work nicely with Mac, though. I am getting rid of my HP MediaSmart and going to locally attached storage on my new iMac.

    Depending on the software you intend to run in Windows, 100GB should be more than enough, as long as you don't need to store lots of files on your Windows partition. You could use one of your unused external drives with Windows Backup to make backups of your Windows partition if you think you need to do that.

    Otherwise, the only thing I would suggest is why not just carry your 1TB drive to your TV instead of spending time copying to the 500GB drive?

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