1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 29, 2012 1:54 PM by mende1
rfbledsoe Level 1 Level 1

I have a USB drive with Windows documents on it. Can I use Time Machine without damaging the Windows documents? I am currently copying Mac files to this drive? Not sure if Time Machine will erase what is already there.

 

Ron Bledsoe


Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
Solved by mende1 on Dec 29, 2012 1:54 PM Solved

If you set up Time Machine with that USB drive, everything will be deleted because Time Machine requires a blank volume and a partition formatted in Mac OS Extended (Journaled), so you have to use Disk Utility.

 

Also, I don't recommend to use Time Machine on a USB drive, because Time Machine backs up all the content of the hard disk and it will take a lot. Instead, use an external disk.

 

For more information, see the Pondini's website and the Time Machine article in Apple website

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10
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    If you set up Time Machine with that USB drive, everything will be deleted because Time Machine requires a blank volume and a partition formatted in Mac OS Extended (Journaled), so you have to use Disk Utility.

     

    Also, I don't recommend to use Time Machine on a USB drive, because Time Machine backs up all the content of the hard disk and it will take a lot. Instead, use an external disk.

     

    For more information, see the Pondini's website and the Time Machine article in Apple website