Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 12:10 AM (in response to mikkel-kj)
HI, you can boot from an external drive, if that is what you mean, I'd get as large of one as you can, Partition it into two, Install or clone to one Partion, use the other Partition for backup or TM if you so desire.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 12:14 AM (in response to BDAqua)
How do I clone to one partition? (:
And if I can, can I then choose how much of the ext. hard drive that I want to use as internal drive, and how much that shall be used as back up drive?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 12:24 AM (in response to mikkel-kj)
Oh yes, all is possible...
If you have Firewire on your mini, opt for the models that have FW/800
How to format your disks...
(To Install OSX on an IntelMac the Drive it needs the GUID Partitioning scheme mentioned at the bottom.)
Thanks to Pondini, Formatting, Partitioning, Verifying, and Repairing Disks...
I strongly recommend that you get a good Firewire drive to Clone your Internal drive to ASAP!
Many of those come with Backup SW, or...
Get carbon copy cloner to make an exact copy of your old HD to the New one...
Or the most expensive one & my favorite, Tri-Backup...
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 12:50 AM (in response to mikkel-kj)
No, but you can get one of these...
Otherwise you could get a USB model drive.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 1:33 AM (in response to mikkel-kj)
Does the newest Mac mini have fw/800?
Sure it as!
- Thunderbolt port (up to 10 Gbps)
- FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps)
- Four USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
- HDMI port
- SDXC card slot
- Gigabit Ethernet port
- Audio in/out
- IR receiver
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 3:04 AM (in response to mikkel-kj)
Actually you can get drives that have both USB3 and Firewire 800. USB 3 faster and the new MAC mini has both outputs.
One place to purchase is: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ministack
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 3:33 AM (in response to mikkel-kj)
You can use either. They are simply connections between the mini and the hard drive. Either one will allow you to see any partitions that exist on the drive, assuming they are partitions your operating system can see.
You should look at the earlier post by BDAqua for information on partitioning your drive. Once partitioned you will have the several "drives", each with whatever name you give them. You can then put whatever data you wish on each one and they will act like separate drives.
I hope I have not misinterpreted your question and this is of some help.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2012 7:53 AM (in response to mikkel-kj)
The information is in BDAqua's 2nd posting.
I think the best thing for you is to get a friend who is computer savy to help you do this - it really is pretty easy.
All the information needed is in this thread. Your friend does not need to have an Apple computer - there is very little diff. in formating a Windos or a MAC hard drive. Anyone who can do one can do the other.