Time Machine and external Hard drive...space usage?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MatrixPrime, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. MatrixPrime macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2007
    I would like to purchase an external hard drive for use with Time Machine, but I would also like to use half of the available space for dumping video from my video camera. Can you partition the external hard drive in such a way to do this, or does Time Machine require use of the entire hard drive?
  2. adamfishercox macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2007
    You don't have to partition at all. Time Machine makes its own folder, completely separate from anything else on the drive.
  3. macfreek57 macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2002
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    Apple describes how Time Machine works in the Time Machine preference pane. It says that that eventually Time Machine stops saving weekly backups when the disk is full. You might want to watch out for that. Time Machine will take up all of the free space that you leave it.
  4. adamfishercox macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2007
    But it will not overwrite other files on the drive.
  5. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    No, but the OP wants to allocate half the drive to video. In order to keep half the drive free, he will have to partition it. Also, this other partition will not be backed up.
  6. Samwise592 macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2007
    Long Island, NY
    I just created a blank disk image of the space that i didnt want time machine to use

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