Hard disk file management

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
I have an external hard disk for the purpose of backup of my files.

This hd is much bigger than my internal hd. Even if the internal disk is full and backup it to the external hd, external hd would have free space.



So I wonder how I could use this external usb disk better.

I want to be able to save there other data than the ones created for backup reasons.



As I said in other topic, I make my backup with superduper. In the future maybe I do it with time machine.

How can I use external hd efficiently? Could I copy other files , in a new-created folder, side by side with the other folders of the backup?



Sould I do a partition? I do not know how to do it and I remember in windows sometimes it was a risk task.



Should I do something else?



Please tell me your advice.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    mikefmikef Posts: 697member
    Partition the disk using Disk Utility. Keep your backup on a partition the same size as your hard drive and the other partition can be the remainder. Don't forget to keep backups of the second partition as well...
  • Reply 2 of 6
    Can disk utility make partitions even now I put backup data on hard disk? Any safety risks from the creations of disk partitions?
  • Reply 3 of 6
    mikefmikef Posts: 697member
    No, disk partitioning is destructive. There might be a non-destructive way of doing it, but not with Disk Utility.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    kcmackcmac Posts: 1,051member
    I use super duper. You will definitely want to partition your hard drive. If not, Superduper will erase all contents on the drive to do the backup. If you partition, it will only erase the info on that partition.



    I also used Disk Utility to partition. Works like a charm.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    mikefmikef Posts: 697member
    I'm pretty sure this is configurable so it doesn't erase data it didn't create.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    ak1808ak1808 Posts: 108member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cool11 View Post


    Can disk utility make partitions even now I put backup data on hard disk? Any safety risks from the creations of disk partitions?



    Step 1: Partition it using Disk Utility. This will erase all data on the drive and result in two paritions.



    Step 2: Backup using SuperDuper to the parition that has the size of your internal drive. Now you have your backup back.



    Step 3: Use the second parition of the drive for anything else you want to keep on the drive.
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