New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus • Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts • Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

Partitioning external drive for use as Time Machine


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
cj1739

 
Member Since: Mar 28, 2013
Posts: 5
cj1739 is on a distinguished road

cj1739 is offline
Hello. This is my first post, having just moved over from Windows! I now have a 13" Macbook Pro.
I've just purchased a 1Tb external Buffalo drive. I was wondering if I could partition the drive to use 800Gb as a Time Machine, and 200Gb for saving random files to access as required.
Is this possible, and if so how do I do it? Or do I need a separate drive?
Many thanks.
QUOTE Thanks
bobtomay

 
bobtomay's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 22, 2006
Location: Texas, where else?
Posts: 25,007
bobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 15" MBP 2.33 C2D 256 4GB, MBA 13" i7 1.8, MB 2.0 2GB, Nano 4th, 3GS, iPad 1

bobtomay is offline
Do it the same as you would any disk. Open up Disk Utility while the external drive is attached - select the external drive in the side bar and head for the Partition tab.

While not recommended as best practice, you can store data other than the TM backup within the same partition (I do - against my own recommendation - and I have the first gen Time Capsule which was supposed to have died several years ago according to a lot of reports about that version of it). So, you don't have to partition it, unless you like following best practice.

I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.
QUOTE Thanks
cj1739

 
Member Since: Mar 28, 2013
Posts: 5
cj1739 is on a distinguished road

cj1739 is offline
Thanks very much for the advice. Have partitioned the external drive and it all works fine.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Need Buying Tips for Mac Mini | Why won't Safari stay on my Dock? »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Time machine failed - can I restore from old (external) drive? breravin Apple Notebooks 11 02-15-2011 01:44 AM
Time machine on external drive (and some more) Nikolauss OS X - Apps and Games 5 01-19-2011 10:50 AM
Canīt delete time machine file (inProgress) from external hard drive puritaner Switcher Hangout 2 01-31-2009 09:13 PM
New Time Capsule / Old Time Machine External Drive a1dadio Internet, Networking, and Wireless 0 04-28-2008 03:12 PM
Which OWC Hard Drive to get-Server Drive, Time Machine markw10 Other Hardware and Peripherals 0 12-31-2007 04:23 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:36 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?