RAID 10 vs. Time Machine

Discussion in 'macOS' started by benguild, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. benguild macrumors 6502a

    Jul 29, 2003
    Hey all:

    I have a Mac Pro, and when Snow Leopard comes out I'm going to be migrating from a software RAID 1 (between two drives) to a 4-disk RAID 10 in my Mac Pro.

    However, the downside to this is that I:
    1) Can't run Bootcamp
    2) Can't use Time Machine

    So, the question I have is.... can I run Time Machine on the same Partition as my OS X system? Obviously it's not designed for it, but the folder structure is just '/Backups.backupdb' so it could be hacked to work on the main drive array.

    But, any solution for running Bootcamp on top of that? Ugh!
  2. superted666 Guest


    Oct 17, 2005
    Its a possibility to perform a 'Hack' however if something affects that partition then you would not be able to recover from it.

    Obviousley the best soloution is to use a seperate external drive for time machine howver....

    I would suggest using OS X's disk utilities to create a partition on your RAID array and then using that for the backups. Seperating it with partitions will give you more protection than placing the backups on the same volume.

    I run a RAID 5 array for my data and then a FW800 drive for backups and it works quite well.

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