external drive for storage AND time machine?

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  1. K4VKS macrumors newbie

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    Sorry if this is a silly question. I searched here but I'm still just as confused as when I started...prob since I'm so new to Mac's still.

    Anyhow - I have a 500Gig external drive. Is it possible to use this drive for both file storage as well as time machine backups? My Alum iMac is starting to slow down so I need to move some big media files off of the main HD.

    Thanks and please speak slowly for this mac newb :)
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Time Machine creates its own backup folder that is independent of any other data on the hard drive. Data can exist alongside it as well until the drive is filled. Your best bet is to create a partition for data and Time Machine though.
     
  3. f1 macrumors 6502

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    Yes, you can split your hard drive into several partitions and your iMac will just see it as seperate hard drives.
     
  4. K4VKS thread starter macrumors newbie

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    wonderful. Could u help me with how do I partition a drive on a Mac? I would allocate 100Gig for data and the rest for time machine.
     
  5. rynoman macrumors newbie

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    this site helped me when I split my new HD into three partitions.

    Welcome to :apple:
     
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  7. Thiol macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry to bring up an old thread... But why is partitioning recommended? I was just planning to not touch the Backups.backupd folder...
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I recommended the partitioning if they wanted to use the drive for storage beyond just Time Machine.
     
  9. Cliff3 macrumors 65816

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    Time machine will use all available space, and sometimes that can be more than you might expect. For example, I've been ripping DVDs all week to feed to my new AppleTV and neglected to exclude the DVD target folders from Time Machine. It went from using a nice little 200GB or so to using all of a 650GB partition. I hadn't really planned on devoting that much disk space to time machine... Dedicating a partition to time machine keeps it under control.
     

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