Best practice for partitioning new Macbook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by naomired, Sep 18, 2014.

  1. naomired macrumors newbie

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    I have just bought a new Macbook Air (1.4ghz, 256gb, Mavericks OSX). I am switching from Windows 7, so I am new to OSX.

    Could you please apprise me what is the best ratio to partition the SSD: for OSX and Apps, Documents (maximum amount of space should go here) and an emergency recovery disk? [Do I need to create a recovery disk?]
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    1 partition, the best practice is not to partition. The only time I will (and have) partition my drive is to create a bootcamp volume for windows.

    There's no need to split up the OS, App, user area.
     
  3. naomired thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Mike for the reply.
    Should I not be prepared for SSD failure? [I am new to SSD as well]
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    I would not expect your SSD to fail, but by the same token having a backup or backups is always a prudent move

    Apple has Time Machine which is very good, there's also Carbon Copy Cloner and Super Duper. I use both TM and Carbon Copy Cloner (I create multiple backups).
     
  5. RightMACatU macrumors 65816

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    TM FTW! Plug it and let it go.
    I also used TM backups to move between two MBAs without any issues.
     

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