I ordered a Phantom 1.5 TB external hard drive. Is it advisable to partition
a portion of the drive strictly for complete backups of my computer on the LAN
and utilize the remainder for regular storage?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #60, I look at the idea of partitioning an external drive to help
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Partitioning an external drive
It’s interesting. This goes back to the original, “Should I even bother
partitioning my primary hard drive into multiple partitions?”
My answer here is the same as the answer there and that is no.
I believe that a single hard drive these days is best represented by a
single partition. There’s really no advantage to creating multiple partitions
on single physical hard drives.
Folders instead of partitions
Now, in a case like this, where you’ve got two different kinds of things
going on, what that really calls for in my opinion is a folder.
Create a folder at the top level of that hard drive that contains all of
your backups. Just make sure that your backup software is configured to drop
all of your backups in that folder. Then, use the rest of that hard drive for
whatever you want.
The good news here is what that means is that the entire hard drive
is available to all of the operations, to both of the operations:
The backup software can fill it up;
Your other use can fill it up.
Ideally, of course, they won’t actually fill it up. But there won’t be any
kind of artificial restriction on either of them based on the partition sizes
that you might have chosen to begin with.
So, like I said, create a folder for your backups and keep it a single
partition. That’s what I’d do.
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