View Full Version : Sharing drive, backup and other data

05-01-2009, 03:04 PM
Newbie to backup procedures and technology. Bought a 1 tb, Western Digital, USB external backup for my year-old iMac using latest OS X. Backed up the internal drive and it takes up about 175 GB space on the new drive. My question, can I use the remaining space on the external drive for things like keeping iMovie 09 event footage? Can I just specify to iMovie to place the footage on the external drive or do I need to do something to the external drive first? Partition? If I need to partition does the backup that is already there get erased so that I must re backup into one of the new partitions? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

05-01-2009, 04:02 PM
You do have to repartition, and the backup will be erased unless you use iPartition (from Coriolis Systems).

05-01-2009, 09:09 PM
But iMovie did save some files to the external drive when I tried. Do these files somehow mess up the back up files?

05-01-2009, 09:59 PM
No, they'll just be deleted the next time you back up.

05-01-2009, 11:38 PM
Ah So! Off to format the drive. Thanks