Time Machine Help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MatLane, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. MatLane macrumors 6502a

    MatLane

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    Just bought a new external HD and am using it as a time machine drive. is there anyway i can stop it being my time machine backup and restore it to normal and stop time machine recognizing it as a time machine backup?

    Just realised i dont want to use time machine and ive just started the back up silly me. i want to stop it. Cheers


    ±:)
     
  2. MatLane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    To stop the backup in progress, go to the Time Machine menu icon (which is probably turning counter-clockwise) or to the Time Machine preferences in System Preferences. After you stop the backup, you can tell Time Machine to Select Disk and set it to none. Depending on how far into the backup it got before you stopped it, you may just want to erase the external drive through Disk Utility.
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    System Preferences > Time Machine > OFF
    [​IMG]


    Every time you connect a new external drive to your Mac, this message will come up.
    [​IMG][/QUOTE]

    For further reading:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427
     
  5. MatLane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Hi, Matt. In System Preferences click on Time Machine (Under System, 4th row down from the top). Then click on 'Select Disk' and set it to 'None'. Finally, when you return to the Time Machine preferences slide the big switch to 'Off'. If Time Machine has already created a backups.backupd directory you can just drag it to the trash to reclaim your HD space.

    Cheers.
     
  7. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Wow, all those great replies came in as I was typing my own. People are quick in here!
     
  8. MatLane thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks anyway mate! Just a noob to time machine and externals.


    hope i can be assistance in the future!


    ML
     

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