erase partition and leave rest of drive intact?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by PicnicTutorials, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. PicnicTutorials macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2013
    I have a 3T drive partitioned into 3 sections. 2.25T full of home videos. 500G for time machine. and 2.25G for copy clone.

    Just confirming? Using disk utility can I erase the time machine portion and leave the data on all the other portions safely intact? I obviously don't want to risk deleting my home videos. Thanks
    --- Post Merged, Jan 30, 2016 ---
    I muffed up my tie machine backups by putting them in the trash and can't delete them. So will this erase them from my trash? And if there is any risk to the other partitions on the disk?
  2. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    Erasing a partition is the same as erasing a disk. Your other partitions will remain unaffected. Just make sure you use the erase command. Don't do anything with "partition" in the name.

    By the way, if your videos are so important to you they should be backed up like everything else. It sounds like you have no backups.
  3. PicnicTutorials thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2013
    I do have backups. But on a old hard drive I don't fully trust.

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