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philg
09-09-2008, 09:54 PM
I'd like to update the OS on the main drive. Then update my version of SD and then, if nothing goes wrong, back-up, which would update the backups.

I've just added a new backup drive so I can fit the new internal drive when it fills up : I've got

Two 750 GB FW drives external.

1 TB (boot drive) and 400 GB internal

I'm planning to erase and partition the 1TB drive, recover the information from the backup with SD and then do the same with the 400 so I can reformat the second FW drive so everything fits (two partitions on two FW drives for the 1TB, one last partition for the 400)

I was going to do this before installing Tiger, since everything seems to be working with Panther. Then update SD then do a backup to get everything up to date and in Tiger. Does that make sense?

One more question - my second drive isn't a boot drive and it isn't journaled, can / should it be bootable and can / should it be journaled if it isn't a boot drive?


Thanks for any suggestions!

dnanian
09-10-2008, 07:57 AM
Why are you partitioning the TB drive?

(I always journal my drives.)

philg
09-10-2008, 08:20 AM
Thanks for your response. I thought I'd have to partition the big drive so I could back up to the two smaller external drives (when it's full won't it be too big to back-up?) Is there another way to manage SD backups so I wouldn't have to partition?

Thanks.

dnanian
09-10-2008, 08:51 AM
Ah. I'd actually get a TB backup drive and use that as the destination: prices are way down these days.

Or -- if your TB drive isn't near full (which it sounds like it won't be), you can use the smaller drive until you 'outgrow' it...

philg
09-10-2008, 08:57 AM
Thanks again. I just got the 2nd 750, trying to save a little $ and I didn't want to have to make changes when everything was full - if it sounds like a bad idea I can just wait, who knows what will be happening by the time that drive gets full.

Thanks.

dnanian
09-10-2008, 09:00 AM
I just generally recommend against partitioning source drives, because they're harder to manage that way. But, if you think that's the best solution for you, go ahead.

philg
09-10-2008, 09:22 AM
I appreciate your advice and will take it. I was trying to think of a clever solution but I don't want to create trouble for myself. We weren't backing up at all, now we're covered for at least a few years, good enough.

Thank you!