Our standard setup for an external HD

First buy a LaCie Quadra drive, cos it’s the best value for a reliable drive with FireWire 800. Then plug it in, via FireWire if you have it, to your Mac. Then:

– Open Disk Utility
– Click on LaCie device (not the Setup Assistant partition)
– Go to Partition tab
– Change drop-down to 2 partitions
– Call partion 1 “Macintosh HD Clone” and make it the same size as her internal drive (120GB? 250?)
– Call partition 2 “Time Machine Backup” (size is whatever’s left)
– Hit Options button > use GUID Partition Table (so the hard drive is bootable on an intel machine)
– Click Apply.

– Time Machine will ask if you wanna use the disk. Choose the “Time Machine Backup” volume.

– We use SuperDuper (USD$27.95 from http://shirt-pocket.com) to clone the internal Macintosh HD to Macintosh HD Clone on a weekly basis for a super-important bootable backup.

Posted via email from J2 Tech Blog

Author: jjmarcus

Mac Whisperer, Cloud Integrator, Gadget Wrangler, Content Beautifier

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