using time machine to update imac... when to partition HDD?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by supern0va, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. supern0va macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2010
    Am getting a new iMac tomorrow, and am thinking of using Time Machine to transfer the data over from my MacBook Pro.

    Was wondering, since the iMac comes with a 1 TB HDD, if I want to partition the HDD (to store stuff e.g. videos/music..), should I do it before the transfer or after the transfer? Or does it not matter?

  2. Barnzee macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2010
    Oak Harbor, WA
    It doesn't matter as long as you have the space for the partition. I would do it after.
  3. Mars2010 macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2010
    Is it advisable to put TM on the internal drive at all? What if it fails?
  4. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, UK
    It would not be advisable to put TM on the *same* internal drive as your data because if that drive fails you have lost both your source and your backup.

    There is nothing particularly wrong with pointing TM to a different internal drive but the risk there is that if you lose the machine (say it gets stolen) or you have to send it into the Genius bar, the data is then taken out of your hands. If your machine is a write-off and they send you back a different one, your backup is gone. This is the main reason external caddies are popular.

    One particularly effective solution is to use a second internal or any external drive for your regular TM backup and additionally mirror that backup to an offsite location (usually online).

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