Advice setting up new External HD for Time Machine and SuperDuper

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Yerman, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. Yerman macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Hi everyone,

    I am basically looking for opinions.

    I have an iMac with 500GB internal. I just bought a 1TB external HD and would like to partition it so I can use it for both Time Machine and SuperDuper.

    The question is how much for each do I allocate for each? I want a lot of Time Machine backups, but I also want enough space for SuperDuper.

    I am currently using 120GB of my 500GB internal drive.

    I am thinking of doing 250gb for SuperDuper, and 750GB for Time Machine. The only problem is that what if I start to fill up my internal and I run out of room to do a full backup using SuperDuper to the 250GB I set aside for SuperDuper. So, the answer to that would be to split the external in half and I will never run out of room for SuperDuper but now I am limited to 500GB for Time Machine.

    So, how would you partition your new HD?
  2. f/stop macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2008
    Northern Hemesphere
    split even

    If I were you, I would split them 500/500 - if you ever need more than 250gb for superduper its going to be irritating to reconfigure the drive. Time machine is incremental and as long as you don't see yourself making long term mistakes I wouldn't worry about it.
  3. Yerman thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2008
    Thanks f/stop. I guess that is probably the best.

    Anyone else have a different setup?

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