Best way to use External HD for Backup/storage

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by chew63, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. chew63 macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2007
    First post, but I've been lurking for a couple months now. I just got a SR MBP and I'm trying to get rid of my old windows PC. I want to know the best way to back up my MBP's HD on an external HD and also use the External HD for storage (music, video, etc.).

    So here's the details:

    I have the 160 GB HD in the MBP.
    I have a Firewire 800 WD 500GB external Drive.
    About 250 GB of Music/movies.

    What i'd like to do is create a bootable back up of my MBP's drive on the Ext HDD in one partition and use the other partition for music/movie file storage. What is the best way to do that?

    Thanks for any help.
  2. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    Well, partition your drive with Disk Utility first. Probably 160GB and 340GB. Then use an app like Carbon Copy Cloner (free) or SuperDuper! to clone the main drive onto the smaller partition. Use the larger partition for your multimedia files. The previously mentioned programs can do that backup, too.

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