How to separate applications from data

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by LimaOhioJoe, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. LimaOhioJoe macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2009
    Lima, Ohio
    I have read that it is very helpful to separate the applications programs on one disk or volume and place the data on a separate disk or volume..., as described below :

    "Avoid putting your data (images, spreadsheets, documents, music) on the same volume as your system, and preferably not even on the same physical drive as your system (eg a partition on the same drive as the system). It’s one thing for a hard drive to fail; it’s quite another to have both the system and your data gone." This is from the website.

    My system has multiple hard drives, but this newbie is wondering how actually I accompany this..... do I simply save the photos, spreadsheets , etc , onto the different drive as I am working with them within the applications?

    Please withhold your snickers....I have heard there is no such thing as a dumb question, but don't want to be the first person guilty of asking one....
  2. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502


    Jun 2, 2008
    Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK
    I used to do this back in the day when I used Windows 98 and had to reinstall once a month.

    However, now I just use and external hard drive and time machine and don't worry about a thing.

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