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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:55 pm    Post subject: External hard drive for time machine Reply with quote

I have a mac mini 160gb hdd 2.0ghz on order, due to arrive this coming Saturday. I currently use a 1.6ghz laptop pc with ext 500gb hdd as part of a home network along with a 2.2ghz desktop pc. The external drive is attatched to the laptop via usb and is used as a network drive. The external hdd is formatted in NTFS. My question for the forum is, can I use this drive for time machine as it stands, ie. connect it to my new mini, use it as network drive and time machine, or will I have to format it in a mac/apple format type? I am pretty computer literate and can manage most tasks, but when it come to knowledge of format types then my knowledge is limited to dos 3.3, ProDOS, fat32 and ntfs. I'm a bit lost as to what formats are compatable with which machines, even more so now that I am going back to an Apple. Please help.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time Machine requires the destination drive to be in HFS+ format, which is generally a Mac-only format. HFS+ is another formatting scheme, just like NTFS, FAT32, etc. are all formatting types. To use your drive as a Time Machine destination, you're going to have to have it attached directly to your Mac and formatted as HFS+, which will require you to back everything up on it and erase it to format it as HFS+.

To still retain some compatibility with Windows machines, it is possible to partition the drive in to two parts, and format one part as HFS+ for Time Machine and the other as FAT32. The FAT32 partition is the only format that both Windows and Macs can write and read to natively, without the use of third party software.

As for networking, it is possible to use Time Machine on a network drive, however at this point, unless it's a drive hooked to another Mac or hooked to an Airport Extreme base station, it'll require some hacks, which may or may not render Time Machine very stable and/or reliable.

I know, a lot of info! Smile Please ask any questions if you need further clarification.
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