Time Machine - I don't want to reformat

Discussion in 'macOS' started by DJMastaWes, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. DJMastaWes macrumors 65816


    Jan 14, 2006
    Montreal, Quebec
    Hey guys! So, here are to pictures:



    I have like, 93GBs in use on my MacBook Pro, and 172 available on my external hard drive, but it says that I need to reformat the external.
    Most of the stuff on the external are things that aren't on my computer, that I can't get rid of.

    I'm wondering if there's a way to use Time Machine, without erasing/reformatting my external hard drive, because I have the space, so I don't see why I need to.

    Thanks for the help guys!
  2. Nugget macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2002
    Houston Texas USA
    Is your Lacie drive formatted HFS+ or is it formatted FAT32 (so you can use the drive on Windows machines)? I suspect it's FAT32, which is why Time Machine reports that it needs a re-format. Time Machine requires an HFS+ formatted partition.

    You might have some luck resizing the FAT32 partition (not sure what tools exist to do this in OS X, but if you've got a Windows machine handy it wouldn't be too hard). Then you could make a new HFS+ partition in the remaining space available on the Lacie drive.

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