Time Machine Backup to external HDD

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  1. SamB11 macrumors member

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    Hi guys, got my new rMBP yesterday and loving it so far. Today I want to set up the time machine back up utility whilst I've got the time.
    Heres what my situation is;
    In my possession is 500gb USB 3.0 drive. I used this drive with my old windows PC and I have about 150gb of files that I want to keep on there. How do I setup time machine to partition this drive so that i can keep the backup of my mac and keep all my files on there as well? cheers.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    You'll need to back up your files to some other location - reformat that drive to HFS+, then restore the files to some directory on the drive. Time Machine needs the drive to be HFS+ and it sounds like it being from a PC, its NTFS or FAT - which won't work for TM.
     
  3. SamB11 thread starter macrumors member

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    So should I copy all of my files on to my mac, format the drive in disk utility and then partition it?
     
  4. mac8867 macrumors 6502

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    Yes to the copy, no to the partition.

    1. copy your files from the external drive to your mac
    2. reformat your external drive with disk utility to HFD+
    3. setup time machine to use the external drive

    4. two options here:
    a: Leave your old files in their current location on your machine
    b: create a directory on your external drive and copy your old files to it

    -- no partitions needed
     

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