Downloaded passport hard drive to macbook, but can't back up

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ariadne3333, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. ariadne3333 macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2008
    After attaching the WD Passport Elite to my 2007 MacBook, all the files read "this file is not a movie file." I partitioned it in Disk Utilities, set it to GUID, and hit partition. Now when I open the Passport icon on my desktop, there's nothing inside Picture 1.png , and it says "0 files, 297.88 GB Available." I don't have TimeMachine. How do I get everything to upload and backup to my hard drive? Or did I not do the previous steps right somehow? Thanks so much for helping I'm going crazy here!
  2. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    I am not quite sure what the problem is.

    If you had an external hard drive connected to a PC and stored data on it, then the hard drive was most likely in a format that the Macintosh cannot read. The partitioning will have destroyed any data that was on the hard drive.
  3. ariadne3333 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2008
    This MacBook is the first computer I've owned, and it's a brand new hard drive, so there was nothing to erase...
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    You can find tons of backup apps on MacUpdate, any of which should work. Just be sure to read the reviews before you download.

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