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    I have 3 computers networking through a router. Can I backup all 3 to a common, very large, ext. HD? If so would it be necessary to first partition said drive or how else can I segregate the contents of each computer? TIA. cwilmot

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    You wouldn't necessarily have to partition the external drive, you could create a backup file for each computer instead, depending on how big the backups are. If expected to be large backups, it would probably be faster to access files from a partitioned HD.


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    It is actually better to run a separate partition for each machine. The reason for that is that if you are using the same backup software each time, the images will be saved with the same file name, so there's a danger of overwriting the image of one machine with the image of another. Your recovery software could also get confused.

    From a management point of view, it's better to have partition names matching the machine names to avoid any possibility of error.