Two partitioned drive questions: Can I mount both at once and do I need extra space?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by oxband, May 23, 2013.

  1. oxband macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    So, I have a 6tb drive I got for film editing. I have two questions before I partition and fill it up:

    1 - I am using the drive for a film project I already started with two other drives. What I want to do is partition the new drive into 3, using two of the partitions to duplicate the drives I already have. This makes sense if I can mount multiple partitions at the same time from the same drive? Can I do that? I assume so. But reading online i haven't found conformation.

    2 - I know the rule of thumb is to keep 10% of a hard drive free. If I partition the drive, do I need to keep 10% of each partition free or is 10% overall OK?
  2. Knoodles macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2003
    Gone to the Beach
    Yes. All partitions will mount at the same time. They can be ejected individually.
    I would think 10% total would be enough.
  3. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    AFAIK it's only the boot drive that needs the 10% free, as the OS uses it for temporary storage at times.

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