Don't understand "Time Machine"

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by xXSL1MXx, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. xXSL1MXx macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2009
    If I buy an external hard drive 500GB, will it work right with Time machine or do I need to buy Apple's official product?

    If I were to buy a new macbook pro, and sold this one(the one I had backed up with time machine on the external hard drive), can I just use time machine again on the NEW one and hook up my external drive to transfer all my old data that I had on the old to the new? :confused:
  2. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Any external hard drive which can be formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) can be used with Time Machine. Network backups are possible without a Time Capsule router as well. You can migrate from a backup of a Mac to a newly purchased Mac, and after the process completes, erase the drive and use it with the new computer.
  3. xXSL1MXx thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2009
    Exactly what I needed to know. Thank you. :D
  4. xchaotic macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2008
    You don't need to erase the drive - the new machine will simply continue to backup to the drive, also only incremental changes, so much faster this way.

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