Is OK to partition a TimeMachine HDD?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by LeandrodaFL, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a

    LeandrodaFL

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    Is it OK to partition a Time Machine Hard Drive? I want to avoid the drive getting full, as this reduces its speed. So I would like to have a separate partition wich would garantee that the hdd doesnt gets full. And I may use the partition for other purpuses.

    BTW, the drive is already 5 times what I need for backup or external storage, and would be a firewire drive


    Second question, since we are at it, is it ok to keep files in your time machine hdd, along the backups folder?
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

    MacDawg

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    My external drive has 3 partitions

    1. Time machine
    2. Carbon Copy clone
    3. Storage - movies

    Works great from my system
     
  3. LeandrodaFL thread starter macrumors 6502a

    LeandrodaFL

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    Friend, my purpose is to have a clear system restore in an external hdd, so whenever I feel like upgrading the HDD, or if perhaps it crashes, I will have an easy way of upgrading/replacing the HDD. I already have a satisfactory file backup solution with a software of my own. But my goal here is to also have a complete system snapshot for easy restore. I only need to update this snapshot every 2 weeks, or even every month.

    Wich software do you recomend, create a Time Machine backup, or a carbon copy clone?
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

    MacDawg

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    ^^
    For that purpose I would go with the Carbon Copy Clone

    I love having both TM and a clone
    TM to keep a historical backup
    A clone that is a bootable duplicate of my current system setup
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    It is a LOT faster to recover using a bootable clone than from a Time Machine restore.
     

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