Mac newbie setting up time machine.

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

  1. CanadianDonkey macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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