Time Machine Question

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  1. Hatchet macrumors regular

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    I'm a new mac user so excuse my lack of knowledge:

    Can I set up Time Machine to Back Up to another Harddrive on my Mac Pro?

    I want to make sure before I go out and buy an additional one (either external or internal)

    This seems really handy if anything ever happened to my primary drive.

    Thanks in advance. :)
     
  2. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    yeah sure, just pick the other disk in TM preferences.

    /Rupert
     
  3. Hatchet thread starter macrumors regular

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    Do I need to format the new drive in any way when I install it or do I just simply plug it in to my Mac Pro?
     
  4. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    It needs to be formated as Mac OS X Extended (HFS+) in order for it to work with TM.

    /Rupert
     
  5. Hatchet thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is that an option that comes up when I configure time machine or is this something i have to do to the drive beforehand?
     
  6. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    To format a drive follow these steps:


    * Open Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility.app)
    * Pick the new drive in the list on the left
    * Click the Erase tab
    * Pick Mac OS X Extended (Journaled) as Volume Format
    * Give it a name (if you like) and click the Erase button

    Hope this all will help you.

    One thing I would like to point out however is that a backup drive sitting inside your Mac Pro is - imho - not the best backup strategy. Would something happen to your Mac, chances are that your backup drive drops dead, too.
    So you might be better of buying an external straight away.

    Only my 2 cents.
    /Rupert
     
  7. Hatchet thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the steps, I'll make sure to bookmark this page.

    Will I need to do this for my external as well?

    Again, I really appreciate your help.
     
  8. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, do it for the external as well. Time Machine won't work anyway if a drive is not formated properly.

    So if TM accepts the drive, you know it has the right file system.

    /Rupert
     
  9. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    One thing you are forgetting. The drive must be formated with the GUID partition scheme if using with an intel Mac.

    To do this, in Disk Utility, instead of the using the Erase Tab, select the actual hard drive (not any volumes below it) and click the "Partition Tab".

    Change the "Current" to "1 Partition" which will enable the "options" button. Click on the options button and check the GUID Partition Table. Click OK which will close that window. Name the volume on the right and then click the Apply button.

    If you don't use this Partition Map, TM will not recognize the disk as valid for TM backups.
     
  10. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    Actually TM works with both partition tables (I use the same partition to backup a PPC and Intel Mac).

    The correct partition table is only important if you want to boot your Mac from that partition as you clone your hard drive to that partition using SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner.

    For TM it does not make a difference.

    /Rupert
     
  11. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    I somewhat agree as I use TM to back up a MBP and 2 PowerBooks.

    Check out this Apple Dock though...

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=306932
     

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