Time Machine Backup drive on Desktop

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jalyons, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. jalyons macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2010
    I recently switched from Windows 7 to a new iMac. I connected my FreeAgent external drive and let iMac's Time Machine re-format it from windows to mac language. The backup completed, and all went well...but now there's a "Time Machine Backups" drive icon on my desktop. Does that have to be there? At first I deleted it, and the Seagate drive could no longer be recognized...so I unplugged the external drive and then plugged it back in. That did the trick, and it went back to working order. I also tried moving the backup drive icon to "Home" under "Go", and the same thing happened as when I put it in the trash. My question is, is it possible to move that drive icon from the Desktop to another place or do I just have to live with it on the Desktop?

    Thanks for any info!
  2. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2008
    Battle Ground
    That icon is just the hard drive, you can choose to hide those icons in the finder preferences.

    When you "deleted" the icon you didn't delete anything you just ejected the hard drive. The equivalent of "safely removing" in Windows.
  3. jalyons thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2010
    Thank you so much! That one was making me crazy.
    "safely removing"...LOL

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