External drive lost data

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Herins, Jun 24, 2015.

  1. Herins macrumors newbie

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    Hello! I believe I somehow allowed Time Machine to overwrite my entire collection of photos on my external hard drive (My Book). Please tell me I can restore them somehow! Thank you!
     
  2. c55 macrumors regular

    c55

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    May 3, 2015
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    So you set your Time Machine to backup your Mac to an external hard drive. If the Mac has formatted the drive then it is too late. Right click > Get Info on the ext drive in Finder and see what it's formatted to. If it is not formatted then it should say something like MS-DOS (FAT32) if it was formatted for Time Machine then I believe it would say MacOS Journaled

    If you already see a backup of the Mac such as "Bob's iMac" then it has already created a backup to the external.
    I don't mean to be rude by saying this, just giving some advice to you (because I have lost photos before), this is why you always keep 3 copies of everything! Two with you and one "in the cloud" such as Google Photos or Flickr.
     

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