Setting up a MyBook Essential 500GB

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by wvuwhat, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. wvuwhat macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    I realize this is probably very simple, but I have no experience with external drives, so I need your help.

    I just plugged this in and got a pop-up asking if I'd like to use this with time machine. I clicked no and nothing else has come up.

    Here is what I want to do:
    Create a file/partition, whatever it's called, to save my movies I've ripped to. Right now I have about 80GB's, but I'm sure it'll be close to 200-250 by the time I get done. I'm using this to stream to my newly bought Apple TV.

    I want to use the rest of the drive to backup my MacBook thru Time Machine (it has a 120 Internal, but when I take off the movies there should be about 30GB's used)

    I'm on Leopard with a new 2.2 MacBook and obviously using USB 2.0.

    Thanks a lot guys.

  2. tunk macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2008
    re. 500 GB Drive

    Hi wvuwhat
    Use Disc Utility located in your utilities folder to partition and format your drive. You can divide into more than one partition if needed.
    Format as Mac OS extended journaled.
  3. wvuwhat thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    Terrific, thanks for the great help...I just did it and it worked flawlessly.
  4. Zeeinnm macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Space needed

    How much of a partition would you set aside for Time machine?

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