How do I use my Time Machine disc as a regular external hard drive again?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Kalixa, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. Kalixa macrumors member

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    #1
    As the title says: How do I use my Time Machine disc as a regular external hard drive again? I want to erase what is on it and just have it work as external storage.
     
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

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    #2
    Disk Utility > Erase

    You can store other files on it other than TM backups.
     
  3. Hawkeye411 macrumors 68000

    Hawkeye411

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    Canada EH!!!
    #3
    You need to format the drive using the Disk Utility.

    Open Finder
    Then open Applications
    Then open Disk Utility
    Chose the correct drive in the left window of Disk Utility
    Then Partition the Drive or Erase

    Cheers.
    :):apple:
     
  4. dukebound85 macrumors P6

    dukebound85

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    all time machine does is make a folder on your external. you should be able to use your external for time machine AND as an external (thats what i do)

    i have no idea why you would have to erase anything besides delete the folder that time machine makesand then simply turnoff time machine in sys prefs....
     

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