Looking to set up Time Machine, but I have a question.

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  1. gc15 macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2012
    Alright so i have purchased a 1tb hard rive so that i can back up my macbook pro just in case something happened to it. Anyways whats the best way of doing this, is it just by setting up time machine or should i just save everything that i want to the hard rive, music, photos, videos, movies, files, etc. Im just curious because i haven't done this yet and I do not know what the best option is.

    Also in setting up time machine what is the best way to go, how do I go about doing this because i do not know how. I watched this video and I wondering if this way works.


    Also at the 1:14 mark it says the files will be erased on the external hard drive, in my case i would not have to worry about this since this hard drive is brand new? And since it is brand new, do i need to format it? Thank you.
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Use Time Machine. It's incredibly easy to use and very reliable.

    You'll most likely see a message as soon as you plug in your new disk, asking if you want to use it as a backup disk. If you accept that, it'll erase the disk for you (it's probably the wrong format currently - FAT32 or ExFAT - and needs to be reformatted) but the process is very smooth and automatic.

    See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427 - the section "Setting up Time Machine backups using an external drive" for details.

    If you've already seen that message & clicked the "Don't Use" button, then scroll on down in that same document to the "Manually preparing a new disk for Time Machine" and follow those steps.

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