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    Jan 26, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario Canada
    Question Time Machine and a partitioned external drive
    Ok noob question here.

    Right now I'm using a seperate external drive for Time Machine and a seperate one for data storage. I'd like to consolidate everything to one drive.

    Can I partition one drive so that I can use a portion of it for Time Machine to back up to AND use the other partition to store my other data such as mp3's, documents, pics, etc. ?

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
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    The short answer is yes. Just make sure the partition you set aside for Time Machine is formatted to HFS+ and that it's large enough to store the backups over time.


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    Jan 13, 2007
    Central New York
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    Yep, just partition it how you want. I do the same thing with my 1TB drive. Works great.
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    Member Since
    Jan 26, 2007
    Toronto, Ontario Canada
    Thx for the replies. I've got a 300GB external drive so how much should I allow for Time Machine's backup? If I allow 100GB for Time Machine on one partition, will that be enuff?
    The drive I use right now for Time Machine is a 50Gb and have only used very little space (1gb).

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