OS X :: Set Up An External Hard Drive System That Will Automatically Backup Both Macs?

Apr 12, 2010

I am a new convert to Mac, and loving every minute. I use a 21.5 iMac and my wife uses a MacBook. I am trying to figure out the best way up set up an external harddrive system that will automatically backup both Macs. But I am also trying to figure out if I can store and access music through iTunes for both Macs.

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Any Way To Backup 2 Macs On One External Drive With TM?

Mar 25, 2012

Can 2 computers be backed up on one external drive with time machine?

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time machine, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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OS X :: Backup Multiple Macs Using Time Machine On Single Hard Drive?

May 13, 2009

I'd like to take one hard drive and back up 3 different Mac computers using Time Machine. The hard drive has the capacity greater than the 3 computers.

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OS X :: Using External Hard Drive To Switch Macs

Sep 29, 2009

I am switching from an iMac to a Macbook. I'll be selling my iMac later. I also have an external hard drive. My iMac and Macbook both have Snow Leopard. So we're good there. With an external hard drive, how do I "switch over" from Mac to Mac? Obviously I won't want to startup from the external hard drive. So just configure Time Machine on my Macbook and restore, just hand-selecting what I want transferred after going through the OS install on my new Macbook? Both computers have a different version of iWork though. So basically, how can I switch all of my programs/files over to my Macbook without overwriting the iWork-related programs? What's the best way? Hand-select Time Machine files/applications?

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Applications :: Migration Assistant - Update Backup Bootable System Drive Image On External FW Drive

Sep 29, 2009

When I eventually upgrade to Snow Leopard, I'd ideally like to do a fresh install (I did Tiger>Leopard as an upgrade install), but I really don't want to have to go through the hassle of reinstalling all my apps afterwards. So, would the following work as a best-of-both-worlds alternative?

1. Update my backup bootable system drive image on my external FW drive
2. Wipe the drive in my MBP and do a fresh install of SL
3. Use the Migration Assistant to automagically copy all my data and apps over from the backup drive as if I was upgrading from an old Mac to a new one

On paper at least, it looks like it ought to "just work"... but I'm wondering whether or not Migration Assistant will work between a Mac and an external drive, or does it have to be between two actual Macs?

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ITunes For Mac :: External Hard Drive Not Recognized Automatically Plugged In Via USB Port

Sep 8, 2014

So I plug my external hard drive into my IMac via a usb port, the drive turns on but the drive never appears on my desktop. How do I access my external hard drive when it is not recognized automatically?

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iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)

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Intel Mac :: Using External Hard Drive As Both A Boot Drive And Timemachine Backup?

Mar 8, 2012

My internal 1TB hard drive on my iMac is dead and I don't have the money to replace it at the moment. I have everything backed up on an external 1TB drive using Time Machine. As a workaround for the time being,Is there any way I can install the system on the external drive and use that as the boot drive without erasing the Time Machine Backups?  It seems to me I would have to have two partitions for the external drive, one for the system, and one for Time Machine. But is there any way to add a partition without erasing the existing one with Time Machine only on it?  

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Use FileVault To Encrypt Both Hard Drive And Time Machine Backup External Drive?

Jul 2, 2012

I would like to use FileVault to encrypt both my hard drive and time machine back up external drive. Does encryption noticeable slow down the computer.

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MacBook Air (13-INCH, MID 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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MacBook Pro :: Backup Data On Hard Drive When Time Machine Is Setup On External Drive?

Sep 5, 2014

Basically I have a 750GB hard drive in my Macbook Pro and over 300GB is taken up with 'BackUp' data. This is more than the total of everything I have on the drive other than that. Time Machine has always been setup on an external drive and when searching all files on the Macbook there is nothing for backup files so don't know where it is coming from.

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MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4)

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MacBook Pro :: Can Backup System With Internal Hard Drive?

Aug 22, 2014

I want to download a new software for my mac but a message pops up and says it recommends i back up my files on time machine. Can you back up on an internal hard drive or do you need an external hard drive to do it?

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Mac Pro :: External Backup Drive File System Readable By PC?

Sep 7, 2009

I'm considering using dedicated internal drive for TimeMachine backups and an external drive for an additional backup of photos, videos. Wondering if there is an option for formatting an external drive with a file system that could be read by a PC so that I could transfer images or videos by simply plugging the external drive into the PC.

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MacBook :: Get Photos From Backup External Drive On To New Hard Drive?

Mar 27, 2012

How do I get photos from backup external drive on to my new hard drive on my MacBook

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MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X :: Won't Work With External Hard Drive / For Backup

Feb 21, 2009

OK, I read about formatting Fat 32 to transfer files. I will try it tomorrow. My other question has to do with using this for backup. it is a 750 hard drive and I was wondering if I should do anything special if I want to use it for both Timeline and video storage separate from timeline.

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OS X :: Won't Backup Files / Using External Hard Drive

Jun 9, 2009

Basically I have an iMac and a Macbook Pro (unibody) and a USB external hard drive (500GB) I want to wirelessly back up my Macbook Pro and the iMac with the hard drive connected to the iMac. A sort of time capsule concept. But i don't have an airport base station to make this process easier I only have a wanadoo livebox.

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MacBook Pro :: External Hard Drive To Backup Four?

Aug 5, 2009

I have multiple computers that all need to be backed up! The macbook that I bought for my girlfriend last year suffered a major hit, the hard drive crashed and she lost all of her information. Now I am worried!! I have the computers listed in my signature and a Lenovo s10e netbook that I would like to back up on the same external hard drive. I don't plan on doing anything but backing them up once every week or two.

First question is what external hard drive should I get to be able to back-up four macs and a windows machine? (I would like to have a desktop external, not portable)

Second question is when I get the drive should I separate the drive into multiple section or what?

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Use The Same External Hard Drive To Backup?

May 27, 2012

Can I use the same external hard drive to backup (using Time Machine) my Macbook pro and iMac computers? Can they be the same partition?

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MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Intel Mac :: Backup An External Hard Drive?

Jun 12, 2012

How do you back up an external hard drive? My iphoto library is on an external hard drive, and I want to make a back up.

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Windows On Mac :: Partitioning External Drive For Backup (NTFS File System)

Aug 20, 2010

Awhile back I bought a 500 GB Seagate FreeAgent Go external hard drive to backup my 218 GB PC. I used the automatic backup software that came with it and it works fine. After all this I purchased a MacBook Pro and now, instead of buying another drive and also considering there's plenty of space on the one I already have, I was wondering if I could possibly partition half the drive to be used as a backup with Time Machine without touching the other half. I plugged in the drive to my Mac and opened Disk Utility. It says it is a NTFS file system (I suppose that's normal).

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OS X :: External Hard Drive For Time Machine Backup?

Mar 29, 2009

I was thinking of getting an external hard drive for use with Time Machine. On Amazon I found a Seagate 1.5 TB unit for $129. However there is a similar model "for the mac" for $192. I am wondering if the cheaper unit would work, or if the one for 50% has some indispensable feature.

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MacBook Pro :: Backup Files To External Hard Drive?

Apr 15, 2012

How can i backup my computer files and downloaded programs to a generic external hard drive?

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MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.3)

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MacBook Pro :: Use Windows Hard Drive As An External Backup?

May 20, 2012

I am currently making the switch from Windows, I can't wait for my MacBook to arrive. My lovely Dell currently has a 320 GB HD that would prove a very nice external backup storage unit. I plan to remove it and find a case to mount and use it as such!

Only problem is, I'm fairly certain that I'll run into some compatibility issues and have never used an external HD.  I'm unsure of how the process works.  This is the HD in my personal laptop (only PC I own), so it's not like I have it hooked up to play around with as an external at the moment. 

The Hard Drive is a Toshiba MK3255GSX (SATA): [URL]  Can I connect with FireWire (or Is that dependent on my hard drive, or do I get a cable converter)?When/how do I partition it?Since this is my personal home use PC, it's loaded with a bunch of programs/Win32/cache/temp files/garbage.  Can I just access/delete these from the Mac? 

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MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Software :: External Hard Drive Not Shown After Backup In Windows?

Jun 22, 2009

Went and did the bootcamp thing and installed Windows 7. I tried to connect my HD external via firewire, but it would not show up in Windows. This is after I did a backup of my mac to time machine. Will it work after time machine backup?

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Hardware :: Using External Hard Drive For Backup And Storing Files

May 12, 2009

I was thinking of getting an external hard drive (or a raid 1 setup) for backup. What I'm wondering is if it's possible to do this: Have Time Machine back up the entire system on to the drive (or raid), and also add files to it from a different computer that wouldn't interfere with the stuff that's already on there from Time Machine. Would this be ok, or would the drive only be able to do one or the other?

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MacBook :: External Hard Drive And Time Machine Backup From OS X

Sep 16, 2009

I have a MacBook and will be purchasing an external harddrive to backup all my info from OS X. I also have a partition on the drive in the MacBook for windows and would like to use the external as a backup for that as well. Do I have to format the external and partition to backup each OS? I am new to the whole backup of info with an external harddrive.

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OS X :: Setting Time Machine To Backup External Hard Drive

Jan 26, 2010

Can I setup time machine to backup an external hard drive if I have another external hard drive? I don't have any files on my laptop but on an external hard drive. Or will time machine only work on files in the internal disk.

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Hardware :: External Hard Drive For Backup With Time Machine?

Jul 25, 2010

I have an airport extreme base station. I was wondering that if I buy an external hard drive to backup wirelessly with time machine, will that external stay on all the time? is there a way to control when the external powers up and down? or does that depend on the make and model of the external?

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Intel Mac :: Erase My Backup Files From My External Hard Drive?

Feb 26, 2012

I tried to erase my backup files from my external hard drive. Once in the trash, I cannot delete the backup.backup file.

Info:Mac OS X (10.6.7)

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MacBook :: Knowing When Backup Is Complete To An External Hard Drive?

Apr 10, 2012

How do I know when my back up is complete to an external hard drive..

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MacBook, iOS 5.1

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Time Machine Backup To External Hard Drive?

Apr 27, 2012

I used my external hard drive to store important documents off of my previous Mac.  None of these documents are on my new Mac.  Will I lose these docs if Time Machine backs up to this external hard drive?  Will Time Machine save over those docs?

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iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Time Machine Won't Backup My External Hard Drive

May 15, 2012

I am trying to get Time Machine to backup my external hard drive. I have the external drive formated as Mac OS Extended (journaled) and I have also removed the drive from the Excluded list.I put some 'test' files on the external drive and told TM to do a backup and when it is finished the only way I can see my external hard drive in TM is if it is connected to the computer. It doesn't seem to be backed up anywhere in TM that I can see.

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