Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Feb 19, 2011
    Posts
    4
    Need help with my new hard drive
    I just bought a Iomega Blackbelt Edition 1TB External Hard Drive. I want to put all my songs and photos onto the hard drive. How can I do this to free space on my computer?

  2. #2

    Randy B. Singer's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 01, 2011
    Location
    Sacramento, California
    Posts
    794
    Here is how to move all of your photos in iPhoto onto your external hard drive, while saving how they are organized:
    10014: Export iPhoto Folders to Back Up Drive

    Moving all of your music in iTunes onto your external hard drive is much easier. Just drag the iTunes folder onto the icon for your external hard drive, This is the path to that folder:

    This is how you get there:
    [hard drive icon] --> Users folder --> [your user name] --> Music --> iTunes folder

    (More technically, the path is: ~/Music/iTunes folder)

    ___________________________________________

    Randy B. Singer
    Co-author of The Macintosh Bible (4th, 5th, and 6th editions)

    Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance
    OS X Maintenance And Troubleshooting
    ___________________________________________

  3. #3


    Member Since
    Feb 19, 2011
    Posts
    4
    okay so should i use time machine to back everything up?

  4. #4

    Kax's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 16, 2010
    Location
    Yemen, Aden
    Posts
    120
    Specs:
    Macbook Pro 13" 2.4GHz Core i5 10.7.3 4GB DDR3 RAM 500GB HDD
    Quote Originally Posted by clarke525 View Post
    okay so should i use time machine to back everything up?
    It would be better just in case you do not loose anything
    I would take a bomb, but I canít stand the noise.

    Macbook7,1 13" 2.4GHz Core2Duo 10.7.2 2GB DDR3 RAM 250GB HD. iPhone 3GS 32GB iOS5. iPod 3G 32GB iOS5

  5. #5


    Member Since
    Feb 19, 2011
    Posts
    4
    Okay, but sooner or later my first back up will get deleted right? What happens if I need files from that first back up? And also can I secure my harddrive with a password?

  6. #6

    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    49,099
    Specs:
    Late 2013 27" iMac, iPad 3, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    Time Machine backups are incremental. And as long as the drive you're using to backup to is large enough, you shouldn't have to worry about filling it up any time soon.

    And password protecting a hard drive is a good way to lose all your data when you forget the password. My advice, don't do it unless you're storing Atomic Secrets on the drive.

  7. #7

    Randy B. Singer's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 01, 2011
    Location
    Sacramento, California
    Posts
    794
    Quote Originally Posted by clarke525 View Post
    Okay, but sooner or later my first back up will get deleted right? What happens if I need files from that first back up? And also can I secure my harddrive with a password?
    As long as your backup hard drive is at least as big, or bigger, than the drive you are backing up, you will *never* have any files deleted so that they are completely gone.

    The way that Time Machine works is that when the backup drive becomes full (assuming that it is as large, or larger than the drive you are backing up), and you go to backup more recent versions of files that already exist on the backup drive, the only thing that it ever deletes is older versions of those same files. It never deletes the most recent versions of files on your hard drive.

    Files on your backup drive that have never changed (or been deleted from the drive you are backing up) are also never deleted.

    Users think that as a file ages it becomes more likely that it will be deleted by Time Machine, and that simply isn't true. Only older versions of files for which newer versions have been backed up are candidates for deletion as they age.

    ___________________________________________

    Randy B. Singer
    Co-author of The Macintosh Bible (4th, 5th, and 6th editions)

    Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance
    OS X Maintenance And Troubleshooting
    ___________________________________________

  8. #8


    Member Since
    Feb 19, 2011
    Posts
    4
    Okay. I understand this so far. Another question. I am running out of space on my computer. What do I do with everything that is taking up space? Do I delete it and depend on my harddrive?

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-01-2011, 05:40 PM
  2. Use old hard drive as external to add existing data to new hard drive?
    By tcoffin014 in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 02-07-2010, 10:37 PM
  3. Replies: 7
    Last Post: 10-15-2009, 08:28 AM
  4. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 03-18-2008, 01:36 PM
  5. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-13-2008, 10:08 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •