Need help setting up time machine


macrumors member
Original poster
Jan 8, 2009
Hey guys, I recently got a 1.5 tb wd external drive and want to backup with it.

What I can't figure out is if you can hook up the external drive via usb to our home pc, and then backup to that drive from my macbook wirelessly.

I don't think it can be done so my alternative is to make 2 partition. 1 being the size of my macbook hard drive and 1 with the rest available. Then i would backup my macbook once a week wired to the 1 partition. Then when I'm not backing up, i would have it connected to my pc so i can stream tv shows/movies to all of my devices.

Thanks for the help everyone :)


macrumors 68030
Nov 2, 2008
Easy, just partition it. Then when you first start Time Machine it will format one of them to the right format and name it whatever you want, I name mine Time Machine which I think is default.

After this, it will back up every hour or the next time you plug it in if that's longer than 1 hour.

I do exactly the same thing, I have 1 storage partition and 1 backup partition :rolleyes:

Easy as
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