Manual AND automatic backup to an external HDD?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Topher15, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. Topher15 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2007
    I'm planning on getting a external hard drive (this one) and have a couple of questions...

    I want to move my video library and archive folder over too the external (and remove them from the internal drive) but I also would like to Time Machine the rest of the internal hard drive.

    Can I do this? Or does activating Time Machine stop manual use of the external hard drive? Is it even recommended to do both? If I can, I assume I would need to keep the Time Machine section and the part I manually manage distinct (partition maybe?) My iMac hard drive is 320GB so I guess I would save that amount of space for TM and have the remaining 430GB for other stuff (manual back up).

    Also, on a related note... how reliable are external hard drives?
  2. chocolate632 macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2007
    i wanted to know this too

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