should i have 1 partition or 2 partition on my mbp?

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  1. 212rikanmofo macrumors 65816

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    I just bought a new mbp with a 320gb HD. The way I've set it up in the past was to have 2 partitions. 1 For my main Mac OS X drive and the other half for Storage. But some people said this is a waste of space.

    The reason I do this is because when a new version of OS X Comes out. I don't have to worry about losing files because I can just simply all the important files to my 2nd partition and then wipe out the 1st partition and install a fresh copy of the new OS X. But I'm afraid if I only have 1 partition it would make it a pain in the ass since I would have to reformat the drive and install the OS X. I prefer to install fresh and not update when a new OS X comes out.

    Can any of you guys recommend anything? I really would like to keep it as 1 partition. I guess if I use timemachine then I can just simply copy all my files over after I installed os x? I'm mostly worried about my itunes music, iphoto database, aperture database, ical, addressbook, mail, lightbox database, etc.
     
  2. pit29 macrumors 6502a

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    No need to reformat if you want to add or remove partitions - Disc Utility can do this on the fly...
     
  3. stockholmsyn macrumors newbie

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    Yes, OS X is perfect and it just works, but I use two partitions on my MBP. I keep all of my important iMovies there in case a virus from my Windows bootcamp leaks onto my Mac OS X partition. :(
     
  4. stockholmsyn macrumors newbie

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    But you can never be too safe with your perfect machines!!!

    :D
     
  5. stockholmsyn macrumors newbie

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    Easily! I upgraded to my MBP from my old Windows 98 machine. That thing crashed and blue screened a lot!!!!!

    This new computer is so much faster and not crashing!!
     
  6. TomsMacBook macrumors 6502

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    Nah.
    MAC = Media Access Control.
    Mac = Macintosh. ;)
     
  7. Jelite macrumors 6502a

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    I'd recommend at least two, one for the os, one for music ,photo, video and maybe one for anything else. Makes things a whole lot easier as you say if you seperate the os.
     
  8. stockholmsyn macrumors newbie

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    I like to keep my iPhotos with my iMovies and my iMusic seperate in my iFolders in my external iDrive to keep them safe from iViruses.
     
  9. belvdr macrumors 601

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    No, it's not. It just a couple of new ones. :) There are many here that still use Windows for various reasons.
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    A virus can't "leak" into the Mac OS X partition. Even if it could, a Windows virus would have zero effect on a Mac. There are no viruses in the wild that affect Macs.
     

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