time machine, quick question

EEcuber17

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ok I have an external hard drive, but I have alot of old files, music and videos stored on it that's not on my computer currently. If I want to set it up for time machine will it leave those old files there and just use the room to back up my current computer's harddrive, orr...?

thanks!
 

EEcuber17

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so when i click 'set up for time machine', my files should stay intact on the external and it will make space to backup my current computer?
 

Nugget

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That's correct. Time Machine puts all the backup files in a folder named "Backups.backupdb" and the rest of the files on that hard drive are not affected.
 

greatestash

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Old Hard drive

That's correct. Time Machine puts all the backup files in a folder named "Backups.backupdb" and the rest of the files on that hard drive are not affected.
Hi guys,

i have been following the forum from last couple of months and it has been a great help for me. I am going to switch over to mac in few days as leopard is going to release today and have a question about the time machine.

I am pc user right now and i use external hard drive to back up my stuff; my question is: the hard drive i use is PC formatted and i think its FAT32 format. Will i be able to use that hard drive for time machine without formatting it as i dont want to loose my stuff on it.

I asked apple tech support and they dont have any answer right now; so i think this forum has tremendous knowledgeable people and will definetly have answer to my question.

Thanks in advance.

Update: got the answer in previous post.

Anyways thanks.
 

greatestash

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HFS+ is required. If it's FAT32, it won't work.
Ok.. so HFS+ is required. If i format it to HFS+ format, will i be able to use it for my PC backup as well or not? i got 300GB external hard drive for my pc backups and i dont want to buy another one.
 

netnothing

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Ok.. so HFS+ is required. If i format it to HFS+ format, will i be able to use it for my PC backup as well or not? i got 300GB external hard drive for my pc backups and i dont want to buy another one.
You'd have to partition the drive and have 1 partition HFS+ and the other Fat32 (I think this is possible).

Otherwise you'd need to install software on your PC to be able to read/write to the HFS+ drive.

-Kevin
 

greatestash

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You'd have to partition the drive and have 1 partition HFS+ and the other Fat32 (I think this is possible).

Otherwise you'd need to install software on your PC to be able to read/write to the HFS+ drive.

-Kevin
Will i be able to partition the drive itself in time machine or i have do something else?
Also if anybody know which software can i install on PC so that it can read/write HFS+ drive?
 

Zawamura

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Will i be able to partition the drive itself in time machine or i have do something else?
Also if anybody know which software can i install on PC so that it can read/write HFS+ drive?
use the Disk Utility that is in your application folder to reformat and partition harddrives.
 

theBB

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There is also HFSExplorer if you want to have read-only access to HFS+ drives from Windows.

hem.bredband.net/catacombae/hfsx.html
 
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