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

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  1. ariadne3333 macrumors newbie

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    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

    gnasher729

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    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

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    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

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    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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