external HD back up partition

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by DA-Steve, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. DA-Steve macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,

    Just picked up 320gb lacie external HD

    Im about to partition it so i have backup and storage..

    How many gb should i allocate to the Backup partition?

    My comp is a MBP with 160gb HD only used about 70gb of that space though
     
  2. panzer06 macrumors 68030

    panzer06

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    I like to create a partition on my backup drive to be the same size as the OS X partition and use superduper to make an exact bootable image of the original. Just make sure you use GUID partitioning if it is an Intel Mac.

    I then use the remainder for storing extra temp video and photo files.

    If you use bootcamp you will need a Windows partition and winclone to back that up as well.

    I have 4 external drives and rotate them offsite to a safe deposite box as well. I never want to lose any data!

    Cheers,
     
  3. DA-Steve thread starter macrumors regular

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    so make the partition 160gb?

    Thanks for the heads up on GUID i almost left it on the ppc option hehe
     
  4. panzer06 macrumors 68030

    panzer06

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    Yes, if your OS X partition is 160GB, I make the backup partition exeactly the same, 160GB (or the slightly smaller size reported after formatting).

    Always backup frequently. Super Duper is your friend!

    Cheers,
     

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