View Full Version : SD and Time Machine.

04-18-2008, 02:57 PM
I installed SD today, (not paid for it yet though). I'm trying to come to terms with Time Machine and SD, and wondering if I need to bother with TM at all. It seems duplication to me, though I read that SD does the booting facility too.

I have a 300GB external usb Hard Drive. I have used about 35GB on my iMac (intel Leopard)

If I choose to do a Time machine back up and SD back up onto this external drive, do I partition the drive first. (I would need to know how to do it!)

Can I just do the TM back up, and not keep updating it continually, have this back up saved on the Mac hard drive, and then use SD to do complete back up on to the external drive. This would let me use TM if necessary. Could I then delete the TM backup say about once a month and re do it.

I'm trying to write my queries in a straightforward manner so I hope someone can understand me. Thanks a lot.


04-18-2008, 03:43 PM
Yes, you're going to want to partition in this case:

* Start Disk Utility
* Select the external drive hardware in the sidebar
* Click the Partition tab
* Use Disk Utility's controls to divide the drive as needed. Use "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" as the format type and name appropriately
* Click Options
* Choose the proper partition scheme (GUID for Intel macs, Apple Partition Map for Power PC) and accept the page
* Click Partition.

As far as "not updating Time Machine" -- you can, of course, turn it off and then turn it on again later. But its whole point is to have it update continuously, so I wouldn't recommend turning it off if you want it at all...

04-18-2008, 06:52 PM
I've had another thought since I wrote, I think I might be best getting another external Hard drive, I could run TM on one of them, and then perhaps once a week run Superduper on the other.

Would this be the best of both worlds?


04-18-2008, 07:13 PM
Yep, that'd work great, too.