Time Machine Cannot Backup FAT32

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kevhui, May 1, 2008.

  1. kevhui macrumors regular

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    I have a FAT32 partition in a Firewire drive but Time Machine does not allow me to select to backup this partition. Is it a limitation or I just don't know how to do it?
     
  2. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    because of the way TM works, it can only backup to HFS+ (Mac OS Extended Journaled).

    You can use Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.app) to format the drive as HFS+ so you can use it with TM.

    Hope this was helpful.
    /Rupert
     
  3. kevhui thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you.

    Mmm I was thinking to have the FAT32 partition to store files (such as photos and songs) for common access from Windows XP and Mac, and use Time Machine to backup. It seems there is no way out :-(

    Anyway thanks a lot for your help.
     
  4. mreg376 macrumors 6502a

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    Why can't you format it as a Mac drive, which Time Machine can back up, and share it through networking?
     
  5. brand macrumors 601

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    If you reread the original post he is inquiring about backing up a FAT32 drive to TM drive, not using a FAT32 drive as a TM drive.
     
  6. mreg376 macrumors 6502a

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    I know. He wants Time Machine to backup a FAT32 partition. I assume he doesn't care so much about the fact that it's FAT32 but rather is concerned with backing up the content of that drive. So if he moves the content somewhere else temporarily (if he can) then reformats the drive as HFS+, then moves the content back, Time Machine should be able to include that drive in its automatic backup.
     
  7. bluesyboy115 macrumors newbie

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    This terminal command will allow Time Machine to backup to unsupported drives:

    defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1

    I know this thread hasn't been touched in a while.

    I haven't tried backing up an unsupported drive using Time Machine after putting in that command. It's worth a shot.
     

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