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Old 09-05-2005, 11:17 AM
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FW HD ok to leave connected

I have a 250 GB external FW HD and partitioned into 2 drives 1st is a 160 GB which is used for cloning and the other is a 73 GB which is used for backup.

My question are?

1. Is it ok to leave the external FW drive connected and mounted showing both volumes on the desktop in my day-today computer operation? One is identified as Clone and the other is Backup.

2. When I repair permissions on my internal HD is it ok to leave both of the (Clone/Backup) mounted?

3. I've read when doing a Apple Update to disconnect the Cloned Copy first, then update, is that right? Of course reparing permissions before starting the Apple update(s).

4. If I install new programs should I disconnect the Cloned Copy first, then install the new software?

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Old 09-05-2005, 11:33 AM
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The only reason to disconnect a copy -- and it's not a bad one -- is to let the backup spin down and rest. Apart from that, I can't see why you would need to disconnect it during any other operations: it's just a drive.

What, exactly, are you concerned about? Did you read somewhere that this was a good practice?
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Old 09-05-2005, 01:17 PM
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I did read in one of the post in the Apple Support Discussion that you should always disconnect (physically) the cloned volume (in fact all external devices) when applying Apple updates.
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Old 09-05-2005, 01:25 PM
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Ah. There was a time where an update could hurt the drive if the firmware wasn't up to date -- but I don't think this is the case any more, now the firmware updates have been released. At least, I've never had an issue since the dreaded Panther update!
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