Time Machine and Partitions

Discussion in 'macOS' started by osirisX, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. osirisX macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2007
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
    #1
    This is how my Mac is currently partitioned:
    201 GB: Mac OS X Leopard (Only 50 GB is used).
    32 GB: Windows Vista.

    I would like to change it to this:
    100 GB: Mac OS X Leopard.
    32 GB: Windows Vista.
    101 GB: Time Machine.

    Now I know backing up to an internal drive somewhat defeats the purpose. But, at the moment I don't have an external drive and can't really afford one. I currently back up to DVDs but that takes time. I would love to have the automation of Time Machine (I would back up to DVDs once a month just to be safe).

    I would just go ahead and partition using Disk Utility's live partitioning, but I'm worried as to how that would affect the boot loader. Basically, what is the best way of going about this?

    Disk Utility also had this to say:
    [​IMG]
     
  2. TheStu macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2006
    Location:
    Carlisle, PA
    #2
    Why not
    100 OS X
    100 Time Machine
    32 Windows?

    Why have the Time Machine partition at the end of the disk?
     
  3. osirisX thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2007
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
    #3
    I was just adding it to the list. But yeah, that order would be better.
     
  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603

    gr8tfly

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2006
    Location:
    ~119W 34N
    #4
    That's probably the only way to do it on-the-fly anyway, as Disk Utility won't move partitions.

    I don't believe Time Machine will run on the same device as the source, though.
     
  5. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2007
    Location:
    Boston, MA USA
    #5
    Even if it will, that seems like it'd reduce the usefulness of the backup a bit anyway. A drive failure or issues would blow away the master and backup. Basically you'd just have file versioning.
     
  6. osirisX thread starter macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2007
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
    #6
    It does backup to internal partitions:
    [​IMG]
    It offers up my Windows partition for use.

    I also covered it not being as useful in my original post:
     
  7. gr8tfly macrumors 603

    gr8tfly

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2006
    Location:
    ~119W 34N
    #7
    The OP did acknowledge it defeats the purpose, being on the same HD and all. I was commenting I didn't know if Time Machine would allow it on the same device. If not, it sort of makes question of using TM this way moot.
     
  8. overanalyzer macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2007
    Location:
    Boston, MA USA
    #8
    Sorry, somehow I missed that sentence of the OP when I read it. I think 2am and overstuffed from Thanksgiving food is making my mind wander while reading. Please excuse my current uselessness. :)
     
  9. gr8tfly macrumors 603

    gr8tfly

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2006
    Location:
    ~119W 34N
    #9
    It offers it, but also says it'll reformat it (since it needs HFS+). :(
     

Share This Page