Hard Drive for Both Time Machine and Active Storing

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MaskedPhantom, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. MaskedPhantom macrumors regular

    MaskedPhantom

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    I am in need of an external hard drive, and I want to use it for both Time Machine and to continue storing active files on. Is this possible, and if so, how?
     
  2. ddeadserious macrumors 6502a

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    You can partition the drive via Disk Utility. Say you buy a 500GB drive, since your sig says 120GB, I'm assuming this is the computer you're talking about. So you could set 200GB aside for Time Machine, and the rest for storage. PRetty easy to do - just connect the drive and stuff, open up disk utility, click the drive and click partition, then drag the divider, or type in what size you want each partition to be.

    It will mount on your desktop as 2 separate drives and you can designate Time Machine to only back up to the one you want it to.
     
  3. MaskedPhantom thread starter macrumors regular

    MaskedPhantom

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    The partiton that is set aside for storage, would Time Machine be able to back that data up as well?
     
  4. maclover001 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, go in to Time Machine preferences, and remove that partition from the "do not back up" list.
     

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