Simple Time Machine Question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Amjad, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. Amjad macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2006
    Well, I have a confusion about Time Machine. ( I am new to computers especially Mac OS X ). I will buy a new Macbook pretty soon... So, my confusion about Time Machine is that, can I backup all of my data in same built-in hard drive in different partition ( If different partiation is created only for TM backups) or it must be separate external hard drive? Thats my questions....:confused:
  2. LMO macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2007
    Time machine will work with any non-bootable volume. Even though it will work, it doesn't really make sense to share a drive that way since you will effectively have no backup at all.

    An external drive is the way to go.
  3. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Actually, according to Apple, it has to be a HFS+ formatted USB, Firewire, or Network drive.
  4. Skystar macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2007
    But for a portable, isn't it useful to be able to go back a few days and restore a file you had deleted by accident? I know having your internal drive split for time machine is not an ideal backup solution (if that drive ends up crashing), but what if we can't carry an external drive everywhere?

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