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So just a quick question really (and ive searched but cant seem to find an answer although im sure it has been asked before)... will it be possible for me to back up my hard-drive with time machine without an external hard drive, just using the internal hard-drive???...

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I don't think so but I'm not definite on that one.
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It's possible to use a second internal hard drive as a Time Machine backup. However, the iMac can only hold one hard drive, so you can't add another internal hard drive for backup purposes.


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could you partition your internal drive drive to create a spot for time machine to back up to?

i dont think it would be logical as if your hard drive dies you will lose your back up info as well. it is more of a curiosity question.
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sanity1082,

I've done this before myself on a PC, but felt much safer moving the backup to a separate drive.

No reason why you can't do this on a Mac... but you answered the primary objection to a co-use hard drive in your post - losing all your backup if the drive goes belly-up.

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could you partition your internal drive drive to create a spot for time machine to back up to?

i dont think it would be logical as if your hard drive dies you will lose your back up info as well. it is more of a curiosity question.
Yea, but it sort of defeats the purpose


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The point of having a backup is to save your data if your hard drive fails. Data corruption as such isn't likely unless you do some bad mojo in the depths of the system.

So, get an external drive. It's dirt cheap these days. And it's totally worth it (saved my term papers more than once).
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