Macbook not detecting time machine drive

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  1. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

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    I finally got my copy of Snow Leopard and want to do once more backup before installing. And now, my Macbook isn't detecting my Time Machine drive. This is sudden. It worked this morning. Macbook running 10.5.8. Time Machine drive is a USB WB MyBook.
     
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  3. someone28624 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    No
     
  4. snakesqzns macrumors regular

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    Does it work in a different USB port?

    Does it work in a different computer?
     
  5. someone28624 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It finally showed up, but now it's telling me it's "read only" and I can't back up to it. This is the same disk I've been using for ages.
     
  6. someone28624 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Here's my results from verifying the disk:

    Mean anything to anyone? What do I need to do?
     
  7. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    The easiest solution is just to format the drive, if you only need a backup. Personally, I make a point of formatting my Time Machine drive every few months. I don't like the idea of my sensitive deleted files being recoverable indefinitely.
     
  8. someone28624 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What's the easiest way to do this?
     
  9. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    This is how to do it so an external drive is compatible with Aperture, but the same steps apply to use an external drive as a Time Machine backup. This is also applicable, making sure its the right partition scheme is important.
     
  10. someone28624 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you so much for all of your help. I'm finally up and running Snow Leopard and Time Machine is working again.
     

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