hi, my iMac's hard drive is failing, so I just picked up an external hard drive (500gb) and am getting ready to back up my OS and applications. I've dl'd Carbon Copy Cloner and I'm ready to start, but I'm wondering if I should partition the new drive. I would also like to use the drive for short term storage and for transferring/working on files on multiple computers. I'm not sure I can even ask the questions properly, so please bear with me... I think I'm having a little trouble understanding the way the partitioning and back ups work. Can I just make regular separate back ups of just data and/or just application changes/preference changes? Is that a reason to partition the drive? Should I use CCC or Time Capsule for regular backups? thanks in advance for any help.