Time machine

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by joe01, Nov 14, 2008.

  1. joe01 macrumors member


    Jul 8, 2008
    I was wondering can any external harddrive be used with time machine ?
  2. soberbrain macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2008
    Pretty much. Just plug in a drive and see if your Mac recognizes it. It may need a reformat if it was used with a PC.
  3. eneisch macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    Yes you can. It will have to be reformatted into the mac format HFS+ for Time Machine to recognize it. Time Machine will prompt you to refomat it when you start the program and choose the drive.

    I recently purchase a 320 GB Maxtor One Touch 4 mini and am using it with time machine to back up my new 2.4 Alu Macbook and it has worked great. I don't leave it plugged in all the time, but when I do plug it in Time Machine auctomatically starts and updates the backup.

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