Use Time Machine on NTFS drive with data already on it

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by PhazonUK, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. PhazonUK macrumors 6502

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    I have NEVER used Time Machine in the 3 years I've owned a Mac, but now I finally need to use it.
    I have an NTFS drive with about 50GB of important files on it. Am I able to use that as a Time Machine drive and keep all of the data stored on it without having to partition the drive?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Time Machine will not back up to an NTFS drive.

    Format A Hard Drive Using Disk Utility (which is in your /Applications/Utilities folder)

    Choose the appropriate format:

    HFS+ (Hierarchical File System, a.k.a. Mac OS Extended (Journaled) Don't use case-sensitive)

    NTFS (Windows NT File System)
    • Read/Write NTFS from native Windows.
    • Read only NTFS from native Mac OS X
      [*]To Read/Write/Format NTFS from Mac OS X, here are some alternatives:
      • For Mac OS X 10.4 or later (32 or 64-bit), install Paragon (approx $20) (Best Choice for Lion)
      • For 32-bit Mac OS X, install NTFS-3G for Mac OS X (free) (does not work in 64-bit mode)
      • For 64-bit Snow Leopard, read this: MacFUSE for 64-bit Snow Leopard
      • Some have reported problems using Tuxera (approx $36).
      • Native NTFS support can be enabled in Snow Leopard and Lion, but is not advisable, due to instability.
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support NTFS
    • Maximum file size: 16 TB
    • Maximum volume size: 256TB
    • You can use this format if you routinely share a drive with multiple Windows systems.

    exFAT (FAT64)
    • Supported in Mac OS X only in 10.6.5 or later.
    • Not all Windows versions support exFAT. See disadvantages.
    • exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table)
    • AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Time Capsule do not support exFAT
    • Maximum file size: 16 EiB
    • Maximum volume size: 64 ZiB
    • You can use this format if it is supported by all computers with which you intend to share the drive. See "disadvantages" for details.

    FAT32 (File Allocation Table)
    • Read/Write FAT32 from both native Windows and native Mac OS X.
      [*]Maximum file size: 4GB.
    • Maximum volume size: 2TB
    • You can use this format if you share the drive between Mac OS X and Windows computers and have no files larger than 4GB.
     
  3. bmouthboyo macrumors member

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    Sorry to dig this old topic up but it refers to the exact problem I am having so thought would make use of it.

    I have a 1TB My Passport that I would like to be able to use for Time Machine backups but also ideally an external HDD that MAC and Windows can read / write. Is this at all possible or do I need to render the entire 1TB to MAC time machine? Partitioning not an option?

    Thanks
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, you can partition the drive with one partition in HFS+ format and one in NTFS format.
     
  5. Daramb macrumors newbie

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    MAC OS with NTFS works thru server

    I have working: MAC OS making backup
    thru TIME MACHINE on an NTFS formatted drive(Lacie) which is connected to
    a Synology linux server.
    The Macbook connects wireless to the synology thru a router.
    Read and write works.
    Regards.
     

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