How do i set up my "my book 320 gb ext hdd"

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  1. Rickay726 macrumors 6502

    Rickay726

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    thread name just about says it all. right now its labeled as time machine back up? what does this mean, all i want to do is be able to use it as more room for my iMac, some one please help i literally have no room left!!!
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    go to sys prefs and turn off time machine

    however you can use it for time machine and as more space. thats what i do
     
  3. Rickay726 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah but everytime it says there is no room left on this disk, even when im just running itunes, so i guess my question is how do i get my mac to recognize that i can save more stuff there
     
  4. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    If you just want to use as extra storage and NOT as Time Machine backups also
    1) Make sure you have your External Hard Drive plugged in.
    2) Go to System Preferences > Time Machine > Turn Off
    3) Open Disk Utility
    4) Click on the External Hard Drive
    5) Go to Erase Tab
    6) Format the External Hard drive as Mac OS Journaled (not case sensitive)

    If adding a partition
    7) Go to the Partition Tab
    8) Add a partition by clicking on the plus button (lower left) and drag slider to size
    9) Click Apply
    * You'll now have what looks like two seperate hard drives. Go into System Preferences > Time Machine and choose which hard drive (actually a partition) you want it to store the Time Machine backups on.

    +If you want to have both Time Machine and your own storage area you must partition the hard drive first!
     
  5. Rickay726 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  6. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Could you be a little more specific? I think my directions are pretty clear but if you aren't getting it, then let me know what's confusing you and I'll try to help.
     
  7. Rickay726 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i got it now thank you. before when i first read it, it just said "you have to partion it"
     
  8. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Oh! I'm sorry! I'm an editing master. It's really just a bad habit. Sorry 'bout that.
     

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