Getting ready for time machine. Have external HDD, what next?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by amakh007, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. amakh007 macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2007
    I already have a WD 500GB external. I have used about 150GB for HDV video footage. Can I use part of the drive for time machine? Do I have to do anything else to it (partition, etc). How?
  2. juanster macrumors 68020


    Mar 2, 2007
  3. amakh007 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2007
    So if I plug the drive in, it should just time machine with the rest of the drive, but not overwrite/reformat what I have on it??
  4. Slip macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2007
    Wiltshire, England
    I don't think it'll overwrite anything, once it gets to a point where it has no room left it'll probably notify you that its out of room and start to overwrite the oldest TM entry.
    Don't quote me on that though, Im sure one of the more knowledgable members will know ;)
  5. naftalim macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2007
    Vancouver, BC
    From everything I have seen, you need a dedicated partition for Time Machine. It makes sense for you to copy the data on your external into your internal, partition the drive using Disk Utility and then have one set for Time Machine only

    From Macworld Review "The one big catch is, the entire volume must be devoted to Time Machine—you can’t just stow Time Machine files inside a folder on a larger volume."
  6. amakh007 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2007
    Thanks for the info. So to partition a drive you have to reformat? I can't just partition the external into two and leave the half with my HDV untouched?

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