Time Machine and WD external hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lcnyct, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. lcnyct macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2009
    Hi guys, I need some help on this matter. I have a Western Digital external hard drive hooked up to my AirPort Extreme; and I am able to view it as a drive on my MacBook Pro but when I go and try to start up "Time Machine" its no where to be found. The hard drive is formatted as a FAT32 drive, does this matter in regards to recognition by Time Machine?

    Any help is appreciated.
  2. scienide09 macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Time Machine wants Apple's filesystem (HFS+) in order to create a TM backup. You can partition the external to create a FAT32 partition and another for TM.
  3. lcnyct thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2009
    Thanks, I will search the threads on how to partition.
  4. 1ne macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2009
    Canada Oil Country

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