Are Time Machine's HD's partitionable?

applemax

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Hi

I'm thinking of getting an external drive for Leopard for a PowerMac G5 with a 250GB internal HD. Ideally, I want to properly backup the internal HD and then do a Time Machine on the other half. Is this possible cos I heard that TM backups aren't bootable. Any advice on brands or disk size? Thanks
 

xappeal

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This can be done, I have my MacBook backed up on one partition and data on my other.

the second backup might be a waste of space though, you can totally restore from time machines backup.
 
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applemax

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This can be done, I have my MacBook backed up on one partition and data on my other.

the second backup might be a waste of space though, you can totally restore from time machines backup.
100% sure on that - that TM backup is *bootable from*?
 
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tersono

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Yes, you can partition a drive that you use with Time Machine. You can use the non-time machine partition for a bootable backup if you with (hold down option/alt on boot and your mac will give you a choice of partitions to boot from).
 
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number9

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You most certainly can partition a Time Machine HD. I just got an Iomega 500GB minimax external (I wanted the storage and the USB/FW hub) and I was able to partition 30GB for a base Tiger install I had cloned on a different borrowed external I used as a back up when I installed leopard.

The only problem I've run into is that when rebooting from the new Tiger partition on the iomega/time machine external, it hangs at the Apple screen during start up.
 
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