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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:15 pm    Post subject: Time Machine Reply with quote

Hi, Everyone.

I know that a article is already written about time machine but i have some questions that are not stated in the one bellow.

1. i Have a 500 gb MY Book, currently storing 85 gb's of music and movies, can i partition the drive to make it 2 drives and how would i be able to do it

2. i have no other way of backing up my media; (mac is 80 gbs and my 3 windows are 80, 40, and 30 gbs apiece) so if i partition the hard drive will i lose all files?

3. If i have to erase all my data to partition the drive where can i store it all?

Thank you so much for any advice given
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to assume from the subject title that you want to use this drive for Time Machine and also continue to use it for data storage.
If that is the case, you need not repartition it just to use TM.
Just point TM to the drive and it will create a folder on it, this is where it will store all your backups quite happily alongside your existing data.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok problem if you repartition the drive you will lose all your data.

My recommendation is to purchase another external to backup your data or burn your data onto a bunch of dvd-r disks.

Once done i would recommend partitioning the hard drive into two partitions this gives you the option of time machine on one drive and applications/movies/music on another.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to agree with Macmanmaniac about getting another external drive; Not only to make it easier to move your media while re-partitioning your drive, but because you need to back it up if you have any attachment to it at all. I have lost all of my music, movies, etc. several times, and didn't have backups. Its not a question of IF... only WHEN. Hard drives just don't last forever. Imagine that you lose everything, and then ask yourself if it would have been worth $150 to still have it all, and if the answer is yes... Well you need to make that decision NOW as opposed to later. It'll cost several hundred dollars to get your data rescued off of your drive if it crashes...Its definitely cheaper to buy a backup drive now.

As far as the HOW, if you haven't figured it all out yet, its pretty simple.

1- Open Disk Utility, found in Applications> Utilities
2- Click on your drive, then click the Partition Tab
3- Choose how you want to partition the Drive.. I would recommend 100gb for Time machine, and the rest for your Media.
4- Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for TM, and Mac OS Extended for your media under formats
5 Click Apply, and you're good to go

Do this AFTER backing up your media to your other drive, of course.

If your MyBook is firewire, you can also make a partition on it to put a copy of your OS on that you can boot from in case anything happens. Or you can use SuperDuper! to make an exact image of your main HDD... A little digging around on this site will tell you how to do all that.

Just go get another hard drive...your'e not likely to regret getting one, but you are likely to regret NOT getting one. I picked up a 750gb MyBook at BestBuy for $115. That was a close-out price, but if you look around, you can find good deals.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you everyone
got it working Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Care to tell us what worked for you?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. backed up all files on the "other computers"
2. went to disk utility and clicked on 2 partitions
3. Formated
4. copied thing back

works great
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