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Partitioning creates an artificial restriction on the disk that you must choose to begin with. There is a better way to organize a drive.
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 organize backups.
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.
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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