partitioning with disk utility question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by drummerboy03, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. drummerboy03 macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
    here's my setup:

    one, dual bay enclosure (1.5TB x2):
    OWC Mercury Elite - AL Pro Dual Bay Enclosure World Computing/MEFW934AL2/

    and one, two pack of 1.5TB Seagate HD

    Total: paid $310 including shipping for the 3.0TB external setup.

    I'm going to use FW400(since my MB pro has no 800 port) and partition this into two 1.5TB partitions. one for storage, and one for time machine backup
    My question is if i choose 2 partitions in disk utility, will it automatically know to use one of the 1.5TB Seagate HD for one partition and the other 1.5TB seagate for the 2nd partition? or will it use half of one and half the other?

    I would like one partition to be one seagate 1.5TB HD, and the 2nd partition to be the other, that way if one fails i have a backup (using Time Machine with one partition to backup the other 1.5TB drive).

    just want to make sure i'm not missing a setting somewhere in disk utility..
  2. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2008
    North Shore, MA
    Depends on how you setup the case. If you just it as a dual-bay FW enclosure, both drives will show up separately to the system. If you stripe the drives (RAID-0) all writes will be evenly distributed across the drives.
  3. drummerboy03 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
    i don't believe I striped the drives RAID-0 (because i don't know what that is haha). How can I know for sure? I don't want it to evenly write the data across both HD's.. I want one 1.5TB drive for storage and the other 1.5TB unit for backup of the previous 1.5TB storage drive.

    I have them installed into a dual bay enclosure and hooked up via 1 firewire 400 cable to the comp. I made 2 partitions with disk utility, so i mounts as 2 drives (1.5TB each). Is this setup correct? or is it setup RAID-0 or whatever evenly distributes the data between both drives?
  4. MacManiac76 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2007
    White Mntns, Arizona
    Unless you specifically set the drives in a RAID setup under the RAID tab in Disk Utility you have a standard non-RAID setup. As it stands now you have the drives setup and partitioned independently of one another, that's why they show as two separate drives when mounted. Set Time Machine to use one of the drives for backups and use the other drive for day-to-day use.

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