problem with using my time machine HD

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by ksabek, Sep 25, 2008.

  1. ksabek macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2008
    hello I want to use my time machine HD on pc but when I connect it to my dell laptop, the laptop installs the drivers but when I open my computer I do not see it?!! I heard that it's mac formatted doing this problem!
    thank you
  2. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020


    Apr 9, 2008
    I've never used Time Machine but I do know that a PC won't recognize a Mac formatted drive. When I replaced the HD in my MacBook I used the old HD as an external and it had to be reformatted to be used with a PC. My Mac will still recognize it so I just left it formatted that way so it could be used with a PC as well. Although I'm not sure if that will work with Time Machine.
  3. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    pc = Fat32 or NTFS formats

    Mac = Fat32 or Mac formats

    Time Machine = Mac format

    Notice that a Mac or pc can use Fat32 but you can't use it for Time Machine.

    Suggestion: make 2 partitions on the HD - one for Mac and the other Fat 32 and use the Mac partition for Time Machine. Use the Fat32 for everything else for your Mac and pc.

    Make sense? -GDF

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