Do I need a brand new external HD for Time Machine?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by AaronOcean, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. AaronOcean macrumors member

    AaronOcean

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    #1
    Hey everyone, I just bought a Seagate FreeAgent external HD to back up the data on my 2.16GHz MacBook running Tiger. I'm doing so for the first ever. When I finally do get Leopard, do I have to get a brand new external HD, or can I just reformat the one that I'm currently using to be used with Time Machine?

    Thanks!
     
  2. tyr2 macrumors 6502a

    tyr2

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    Reformat the existing drive. If you want to use dedicate space for Time Machine and have free space for other stuff then it's best to create 2 partitions on it.
     
  3. AaronOcean thread starter macrumors member

    AaronOcean

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    Awesome, so it looks like it'll be fine.

    Thank you!
     
  4. thumperjack macrumors newbie

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    i've been using super duper for a while now and the option i use is the "copy new" option...where it copies all new files, replaces ones that have changed, but doesn't erase any files. this is good for saftey but it eventually starts to snowball and you have to go into your HD and erase stuff. is this the way that time machine works, or is there a preference for that like in super duper?
     

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