4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 8, 2013 6:58 AM by cormcormcorm
cormcormcorm Level 1 Level 1

I have my itunes on an external hard drive which I use on my macbook. Can I back these files up through time machine onto a second external hard drive?

MacBook Air
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10

    Yes; open the Time Machine of System Preferences and check that the drive containing them isn't set to be excluded. That drive needs to be formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled).



  • cormcormcorm Level 1 Level 1

    I can't seem to take my itunes hard drive off the excluded list. The itunes drive is formatted to NFTS as I used it to move my itunes library from my old pc. Is this going to be a problem?

  • Lexiepex Level 6 Level 6
    Mac OS X

    For TM yes, for another backup program running on the mac yes. You can avoid the NTFS issue by installing a NTFS driver in your mac: there are two proven ones: Paragon and NTFS-3G. These drivers make it possible for a mac to read and write NTFS formatted drives.

    But it will not help TM (I am not 100% sure about that), but other backup apps it will help.

  • cormcormcorm Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for the advice. I have downloaded Paragon, and at least Time Machine now allows me to select my itunes hard drive, however, when I exclude it and select "save" it then seems to automatically include it again and doesn't back it up. Do I have to try another back up app (Superduper seems to be recommended).