How to set up external hd for MBP?

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  1. iNeed macrumors newbie

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    hey everyone. i just ordered my first mac (mbp 13") and am really excited. I currently have an external hd i use with my old pc laptop and wish to use it as a time machine back up device for my mbp. i still have a lot of files on there (itunes, homework, etc...) that i want to move to my mbp hd first. then format my hd so that i can use it with time machine. could anyone give me a tutorial (here or a link to youtube) that would explain how i should go about doing this? i would appreciate it.:D
     
  2. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    - plug the HD in (via USB or whatever your particular external uses)
    - copy desired files to new MBP
    - using disk utility (found in applications/utilities/disk utility) format the external HD to Mac OS Extended (journaled)
    - wait a bit for the formatting to take place, then tell OS X that you want to use it for time machine
     
  3. iNeed thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the reply. would i then just tell itunes to import my folder from the mbp hd after i move it there from the external drive? will that import my music, movies, and iphone apps into itunes?
     
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    no, you need to hold down :eek:ption: when opening up iTunes - that lets you select your library etc. then you will be fine :) make sure you put the library in the correct spot though!
     
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  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

    DoFoT9

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    thats up to you lol! if you want to store it on your laptop - copy everything to it. if you want to store everything on your ext hard drive - copy everuthing there lol.
     

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