How to Increase HDD space - upgrade, USB, store files on Time Machine?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by djbrickhouse, May 28, 2008.

  1. djbrickhouse macrumors member

    Mar 16, 2007
    Hey all,

    I have a Macbook with a 120 GB drive. I am running out of space. Mostly music and photos. I am also concerned about data backup. I figure I have a few options:

    1. replace the drive with e larger one, ansd hve someone migrate mirror my disk contents onto the newer, larger drive. (Manual backup)

    2. Get a USB drive for further storage. (Manual Backup)

    3. Get a USB drive or network drive and use time machine for backup, but can I partition this so some is used for basic storage?

    I'm sure this has been asked before, but I couldn't find it susinctly in a search....thanks...
  2. skybolt macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2005
    Nashville, TN, USA
    I've changed now, but this is what I used to do. I got a large external hard drive. I partitioned it intotwo partitions -- one the size of my internal drive (approx) (I called this the "clone" drive), and the rest into the second partition (I called this the "media" drive. I used Super Duper (or Carbon Copy Cloner) to back up my internal to the Clone partition. I moved my iPhoto library and iTunes library to the Media partition, and then told iTunes and iPhoto to look there.

    Use these instructions: and

    I could also store any other files that I wanted off my internal went onto the Media partition.

    Worked great for me!

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