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zdoob 11-30-2005 02:01 PM

a few questions...
greetings. i am expecting a brand new OWC 300GB firewire drive today so i can finally start backing up my precious files. i've put this off way too long and will be relieved when my routine is all set. i haven't purchased SD yet, but i've read the manual and several posts here. i've got a few questions before i dive in...

i've got a G5 and a G4tibook, both running 10.4.2. i have a firewire drive for the laptop and soon will have one for my G5. my first question is: am i allowed to use my copy of SD on both machines?

concentrating on the G5:

when i get my firewire drive, i plan to make 3 partitions so that i can have a bootable backup clone of my entire internal HD, a sandbox, and an archive. since my internal HD is 160GB, and i read that you should add 20% - the backup partition should be about 192GB? then my sandbox should be about 12GB. that leaves me with a little less than 100GB for archival storage. does this sound about right?

also, some day i hope to add another internal drive (a 70GB 10,000rpm raptor), as a boot drive. should i consider this now, or wipe the drive clean and start over when i get that drive? how would you recommend i figure that drive into the backup scheme?

is this how the sandbox works: it's a copy of my system (and shares the apps and files on my internal HD). when a system update is released, i update the sandbox and then use that as my startup disk to test out my rig for a while. once i feel that everything is stable, i can update my internal HD?

SD looks like a fantastic product, and i'm looking forward to a sense off security!

thanks for your help!

dnanian 11-30-2005 04:53 PM

First, as long as both machines are your own personal machines, you can use the same copy on both of them. Of course, if you feel that you're getting more than your money's worth, we encourage an additional registration, but you don't have to.

Your partitioning sounds just about right, but you don't have to add 20% if you're not planning on filling it up... just about 20% over the expected data space.

If you're getting another drive too, you might as well plan for it now. Otherwise you'll have some "vulnerable time" without a backup, and that's never a good thing.

Finally, yes. That's how the sandbox works.

Sounds like you're set!

zdoob 11-30-2005 06:56 PM

wow - thanks for getting back to me so quickly! so how would you recommend i plan for the 70GB raptor drive? make 4 partitions? is a partition the same as a volume? should i be formatting as macOS-extended, journaled?

thanks again!

dnanian 11-30-2005 07:43 PM

A partition is the same as a volume, and -- yes -- I'd make a separate partition for it for its backup.

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