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Okay to partition an external drive and use for Time Machine?
Posted by: dmag
Date: October 16, 2020 06:10PM
Hi,

I picked up a 4TB external and will use it for backup purposes. However, my two internals are 2TB and 1TB and are not nearly full.

Would it be okay to partition the 4TB drive into 3TB and 1TB, and use the 3TB for Time Machine, saving the 1TB for something else? Or, would this be a problem for TM?

Thanks.
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Re: Okay to partition an external drive and use for Time Machine?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: October 16, 2020 06:39PM
It should be fine.

I use a partition for TM backups, although it is an internal.



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Re: Okay to partition an external drive and use for Time Machine?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: October 16, 2020 06:45PM
No problem at all. In fact, it's often advised.

I sometimes deploy a backup drive partitioned for both a clone and a Time Machine backup.

So long as Time Machine has sufficient capacity for its backups and the TM data is the only thing on the target-volume, it works great.



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Re: Okay to partition an external drive and use for Time Machine?
Posted by: dmag
Date: October 16, 2020 06:45PM
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AllGold
It should be fine.

I use a partition for TM backups, although it is an internal.

Thanks
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Re: Okay to partition an external drive and use for Time Machine?
Posted by: dmag
Date: October 16, 2020 06:47PM
Great to know this. Appreciate you guys.
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Re: Okay to partition an external drive and use for Time Machine?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: October 16, 2020 08:20PM
That's how i do it.



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