Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 9:15 AM (in response to Bill Connelly)
Partitioning a hard drive:
To resize (or delete) an existing partition without losing data, you will need to use, for example, iPartition:
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 11:53 AM (in response to Bill Connelly)
There is no need in 10.6 to partition Apps and Users separately.
With 10.6 you can reinstall 10.6 over itself along with bundled Apple programs, without touching your third party apps and user accounts. (some apps that install snippets of code into OS X of course will be removed)
However for performance reasons (fragmentation issues on hard drives only) I can see having folders like Documents2, Pictures2, Movies2 and so forth on another partition on the hard drive (drag their aliases to the Finder window sidebar), however you need to keep your User (aka "Home") on the boot partition even if it's bare bones.
Although it's technically possible to move User accounts to another partition, it's a software hack that can become problematic later and cause the machine to be unable to log in.
I would put the three OS, 5 partiton drive in a external enclosure and just start with a new internal drive with 10.6
Then use other external drives for TM and clones
If your using CCC, then your already too far advanced to use TimeMachine, you'll likely find it limiting as it's not bootable to use.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2013 2:53 PM (in response to Bill Connelly)
I Personally like to keep my partitions under 2TB, but other than that I do not advise going crazy with partitions. It is too much of a pain balancing where to store things when one partition gets full.
The 2TB limit is because I've had some issues with larger file systems, such that I decided to keep things under 2TB.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 12, 2013 7:14 PM (in response to Bill Connelly)
I've gone on and partitioned the 3TB as follows:
OS X 10.6.8 100GB
APPS 100GB and
DOCS 2.8TB (the rest).
We'll see how this works for me.
Thanks to all ... nice machine this Mac Pro is.