External Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Shawn F., Jul 11, 2009.

  1. Shawn F. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Location:
    North Carolina
    #1
    Today I purchased a 500G WD My Book external hard drive and hooked it up to my new Mac Mini (new to me at least). When I hooked it up it asked if I wanted to use Time Machine Backup and I said yes thinking it was something that would back up my files one time and then still be a storage drive to store all my files, music, pictures, etc. Well now it is setup and on my desktop as the Time Machine drive. I went and selected the slider to No and selected None but still shows up and it doesn't have the file on my desktop as "My Book" anymore. Any idea how to check if it's still being used as a storage drive and not to backup my files? Also does everything I automatically download go to the drive or do I need to transfer it?
    Thanks for any help guys!
     
  2. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    Location:
    MI
    #2
    You could use Activity Monitor to check if the process is running. The only thing is: you'll need to know the increment of time that you set up so you don't have to monitor the monitor (ha) for an hour.
     
  3. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2005
    #3
    If Time machine is off, it won't back up anymore. You can still use it as external storage, even though it's also a time machine drive.

    If you don't want to use Time Machine anymore, delete the backups folder on the drive.
     
  4. Shawn F. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Location:
    North Carolina
    #4
    Sorry I am confused... Where do I find this monitor and what does this do? All I want to do is use the new drive just to store all my stuff, not as a back up. I'm a bit new to Apple, Mac OS, etc for personal use so am very dumb when it comes to anything like this.
    Thanks!
     
  5. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    Location:
    MI
    #6
    Never mind about the monitor (for this situation anyway).
    Look @ Sky Blue's post, I wasn't thinking clearly. :p
     
  6. Shawn F. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Location:
    North Carolina
    #7
    How do I delete this backups folder? Any idea on it's location? I looked around but see no backup folder anywhere...
     
  7. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2005
    #8
    You can use it for both, or just turn off time machine and delete the backups folder.
     
  8. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    Location:
    MI
    #9
    Did you put anything else on the hard drive? If not, you can probably just wipe it clean and start again. Just don't make it your Time Machine :p
     
  9. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2005
    #10
    It should be on your external. Did Time Machine start backing up?

    Something like this:

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Shawn F. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Location:
    North Carolina
    #11
    No it is empty. No backup folder because I stopped it right away.
     
  11. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    Location:
    MI
    #12
    Then all is well. Nothing's on there, so rename it and it's good as new. :)
     
  12. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2005
  13. Shawn F. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Location:
    North Carolina
    #14
    It just comes on the desktop as the orange drive and Time Machine Backup or something it says. Right now I did the eject it and it's not anywhere on there nor under devices so not sure what the heck is going on... :confused::confused: How can I just start all over? I dont see anything to delete or click on that even says My Book. I tried unplugging and restarting but as soon as I plug it in the Time Machine Backup pops up.
     
  14. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2005
    #15
    did you go to Time Machine prefs and set it to off?
     
  15. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    Location:
    MI
    #16
    Just rename it. Secondary-click> Get Info> and rename it to My Book.
     
  16. Shawn F. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Location:
    North Carolina
    #17
    Yes I did... Is there a way to see if there are any music files or anything on it? Like when I make a file with pictures, how do I save them to the external drive and not my desktop or such?
     
  17. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2005
    #18
    Just double click the icon on the desktop. You did just say it was empty.
    You can drag files from your local HD to the external.
     
  18. Shawn F. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Location:
    North Carolina
    #19
    Ok I see... So anytime I want files on the external I will have to drag them over? Only problem I see now is that there is no hard drive on the desktop now. I hit some eject button and it disappeared haha. I really appreciate the help here guys!
     
  19. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    Location:
    MI
    #20
    Unplug it and plug it back in.
     
  20. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2005
    #21
    Unplug the usb cable and plug it back in, or open Disk Utility and re-mount it.
     
  21. Shawn F. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2009
    Location:
    North Carolina
    #22
    Ok guys I got it all under control now thanks to you. Again I really appreciate the help, I know I sounded like an idiot and sorry to bug you with so many easy questions.:rolleyes: :p
     
  22. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2005
  23. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    Location:
    MI

Share This Page