Time Machine - Partition Hard Drive?

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  1. whathesaid macrumors regular

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    Hi

    I have recently purchased a new 27" imac, i am looking to use time machine to back things up.

    I already had a 1TB hard drive, but when i tried to use it, it mentioned that it needed to be formatted before I could create the backup.

    Can I partition the existing hard drive and use the new partition as the backup? is this possible, if so whats the best way....or would it just be best to get a new hard drive to use specifically for time machine?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. tersono macrumors 68000

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  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    For an external HD, I think it's better to partition it if you want to use it for both time machine and extra data or a clone. time machine can share the drive, but it will evetually fill up the drive, leaving you no space for anything else. I have an external that is half time machine and half a clone backup, each in a separate partition.
     
  4. whathesaid thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks, whats the best way to partition it, is there the option to do it within Time Machine?

    I've only ever done it on a windows machine!
     
  5. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    Partitioning is done using Disk Utility, in the Utilities folder of your Applications. There are help screens for this function; I'd consult those for step-by-step instructions. (I'm not in front of my iMac at home, so I can't be more helpful than that, unfortunately. Others can feel free to fill in the details.)
     
  6. whathesaid thread starter macrumors regular

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    excellent, i figured it out in the disk utility help, thanks :D
     

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