Back up disc

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by oldcelt, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Hi all. Not very technical and old so bear with me. Have just got a new MBA and decided for various reasons to transfer files etc from old MBP gradually, and manually, not using migration/set up assistant.
    Is it possible to delete all the backups from my external disc (WD MY Passport for Mac) and use it for my backups from the new MBA?
    If so how do I go about it?

    Thanks all.
     
  2. macrumors member

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    If you want to delete the old backup, just delete the files? If you are running into some error like "Can't Delete", open Applications -> Utilities -> Disk Utility and Erase the Western Digital Drive. (Note: That will delete every file on the drive.)

    To start backups, just open Time Machine and turn it on.

    More Advanced. You can have multiple Time Machine backups on a single drive. You can browse other backups from the Time Machine application.
     
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    Yes.

    Delete the files (or reformat the drive if there isn't anything else you need there).

    Setup Time Machine on your new MBA to point to the new drive.

    Grab a beer and celebrate.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

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    On disc utilities and erase.
    Which format should I choose - MS-DOS (FAT) or Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
    The latter is the first in the list?
     
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    Already drunk too much wine tonight!!!!!!:):)
     
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    I believe Mac OS Extended (Journaled is fine) will be the easiest for you. Are you using this drive with a PC at all?
     
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