Mac newbie setting up time machine.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by CanadianDonkey, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. CanadianDonkey macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Hello all.

    I'm new to the mac platform, and I'm trying to set up time machine.

    So, i open up the time machine program, and I'm presented with a switch to turn time machine on and off. and when I turn it on, it brings up a "Drive select" screen. Now, the problem is, I have a 500 GB HDD attatched via USB, but it doesn't appear.

    So....I have a external harddrive attached, Time machine won't allow me to back up to it.

    What do I do?
  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Make sure the USB drive is Mac-formatted - if it's formatted as FAT or NTFS, Time Machine can't use it.
  3. CanadianDonkey thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Alright, I formated it on a vista computer... how do I go about formating it once I hook it up to my mac?
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    OS X will do it for you if it asks if you would like to use the external drive for Time Machine. otherwise erase it with "Volume Format: Mac OS Extended (Journaled) in Disk Utility which is in the Utilities folder.

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