Partitioning an external hard drive...

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  1. Sarcasm Siempre

    Sarcasm Siempre New Member

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    OK, so I'm getting kinda ahead of myself here, but I have a question about the external drive that I have not yet bought for the MacBook that I do not yet have.

    When I eventually get this external drive (I'm thinking of going with 1 TB), how would I partition it so that half of the drive is used as normal and the other half is used for Time Machine backups? I have absolutely no experience with partitioning whatsoever (I'm planning on virtualizing XP on the MacBook), which is why I'm asking this noob-ish question.

    Or is that even necessary? Can I use it for both at the same time?
  2. ryanlusk

    ryanlusk Banned

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    You could make a partition with Disk Utility.
    Just click your drive and click partition, it's easy.
  3. Muffin15

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    my dad got me a western digital 1T home edition (flippin' sweet)
    and how we partitioned it was
    1) wipe the drive
    2) partition it as 1 disk
    3) split the single partition into two
    it worked fine for us anyways
    it also lets you name the separate partitions, so its easy to keep track of which is for backups and which is for storage
    i use mine for videos and stuff, since m imac only has 250 GB HD

    also, do some research on the HD that you want
    not all of them are very mac friendly, which is one reason why i got western digital
    i'd really recomment western digital though
    they're decently cheap too, as i got my 1T for 150$
    i think its 200$ online, but that still isn't bad

    hope this helps a bit

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