View Full Version : change external hard drive for back up

08-25-2009, 02:17 PM
I've purchased a new external hard drive and want to "re-do" my backups. One old drive is partitioned. I no longer want that partition.

Do I go in and delete the files on the old externals and then begin backing up with SuperDuper or should I go through some other process?

08-25-2009, 04:44 PM
Are you trying to combine the drives? Not quite sure what you're looking for here, farabee...

08-25-2009, 05:12 PM
I have a firewire drive which is NOT currently what I use to back up the entire computer. Having READ the User's Manual, I want to make it the "official" backup.

I have a USB external which is partitioned and want to use it just to back up some particular files. I want to un-partition it (?).

Hope that's more clear. I don't think this was addressed in the Users Guide. ;-)

08-25-2009, 05:24 PM
OK, well... it's not that you want to "un-partition" it. You want to just have one partition, yes? You do that with Disk Utility.

And, you'll want to partition the new drive properly, also with Disk Utility, as a single partition, for your Mac type -- don't forget to click the Options button and choose appropriately!

08-25-2009, 05:31 PM
So if I understand you correctly, just use Disk Utility to erase both the firewire and USB externals, being sure to note on the USB that I don't want a partition.


08-25-2009, 05:35 PM
No, use Disk Utility to partition and erase the drives. Don't just erase.