External HDD and time machine issue

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  1. hitman45400 macrumors regular

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    So, i have a 500gb external,and would like to use it as time machine, but it says i have to reformat it, but can i partition it and use the other half for the back up? and can i back up JUST itunes onto my external?
     
  2. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    if its a fresh drive, then why is formatting it a problem?
     
  3. hitman45400 thread starter macrumors regular

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    oh, my bad. it's not, i have used about 240 of it...

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  4. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    Well i have a 640 WD drive. I partitioned about half for TM and i keep unused pics, and movies on the other half.
     
  5. hitman45400 thread starter macrumors regular

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    how do i go about partitioning it?
     
  6. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    disc utility im pretty sure, just hit the partition and pick the size if i remember right
     
  7. hitman45400 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i just went into disc util. and it says all the data on the disk would be deleted..?
     
  8. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    Yah, i started out fresh, im not sure what to do when you already have stuff on it. too bad you cant just transfer out, partition, then move back. Im not sure there is a way to partition a drive with stuff on it. Try some googling theres gotta be something on there.
     

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