Time Machine and pre-existing data on external HD

Discussion in 'macOS' started by kas23, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. kas23 macrumors 603

    kas23

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    I have a simple question about how Time Machine will affect the pre-existing data on my external HD. When in Leopard and I connect my external HD, will I be able to access these files without going through TM? Does TM erase them or cause you to be unable to access them?

    Or conversely, will I ever be able to store files on my HD (using my Mac) without going through TM? Thanks.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You can store files alongside what Time Machine uses.
     
  3. elmo151 Guest

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    SuperDuper (my daily backup) wants an entire drive. I partitioned an external drive and gave superduper and Time Machine
     
  4. kas23 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Thanks guys!

    Another thing I have been reading is that Time Machine will not work with a HD that is formatted as MS-DOS (FAT32)? Is this correct? I hope so because I just barely jammed everything back onto my internal HD and reformated it using Mac OS extended. Was this the right thing to do? Now when I get Leopard, Time Machine will work?
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You were right. You're going to need a HFS+ drive.
     
  6. kas23 thread starter macrumors 603

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    This may seem completely obvious, but I just want to make sure:

    An external HD formated as "Mac OS Extended" is an HFS+ formated drive?

    Thanks.
     
  7. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Yes.
     

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