How To Partition Your External Time Machine Hard Drive?

Partitioning Your External Time Machine Hard Drive

Creating a partition on your Time Machine hard drive gives you quick access to the backup folders and the files saved in the hard drive. We have given some quick steps to learn how To Partition Your External Time Machine Hard Drive:

  • Before proceeding, make sure that you have updated your Mac OS to the latest version.
  • Connect the external hard drive to your Mac with the help of a standard USB cable.
  • Next, open Finder by clicking the Finder icon available at the Dock panel.
  • Select the Go menu available at the top of the window and select the Applications option from the pull-down menu.
  • Verify the location of the backup folder that contains the Time Machine backups.
  • Next, click the Applications tab from the left-side panel and give a double-click on the Utilities icon.
  • Locate the Disk Utility icon and give a double-click on it to launch the Disk Utility.
  • If you cannot access the Disk Utility icon, press the Command + Spacebar shortcut keys to open Mac’s Spotlight search.
  • Type ‘disk utility’ in the search panel and press the Enter button to locate the Disk Utility.
  • In the Disk Utility window, select your Time Machine external drive from the left-side panel and click the Partition tab at the top of the window.
  • Click the Add icon to add a partition.
  • Make use of the drag handle to resize your partition.
How To Partition Your External Time Machine Hard Drive
  • Ensure that you have created enough space for the partition. It must be 2 to 4 times the size of the Mac installation and its data.
  • Select the Mac OS Extended (Journaled) option from the Format drop-down menu.
  • Enter your desired name for the created partition and click the Apply button.
  • Now, the partition is created successfully on your Time Machine external drive.

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