Time Machine question about partitioning harddrive

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  1. cloud macrumors member

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    Hello all!

    I want to buy an external 2TB Lacie HDD to use to backup my iTunes content, iMac data, and MacBook Pro data. Can I partition the LaCie HDD to use 1TB to backup iTunes and 1TB to backup both the iMac and MacBook Pro with Time Machine?

    Let me know what you think. All ideas are appreciated.

    Thanks!

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  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Yes. You can do that right after you format it for OS X with Disc Utility.
     
  3. cloud thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks so much! I'll go ahead and purchase the HDD. I really appreciate your help!

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  4. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    I didn't partition, but use TM to back up multiple drives with an external HDD.

    Don't know if you necessarily NEED to partition...is what I am getting at. You certainly CAN.
     
  5. r0k macrumors 68040

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    I would encourage you to format any TM destination in Apple format. It is not necessary to create a separate partition for TM. When TM fills up the disk, it starts deleting old content. Its trigger for deleting old content is not 0 bytes free. It seems to be tens of gigabytes free. This is fine for the amount of stuff I want to leave lying around on a disk that's being shared with TM.
     

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