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    Time Machine
    Hello, I just bought a 1t external hard drive work great. I plugged it in and time machine asked me if I wanted to use as a back up and I clicked ask me later. Well now that Im wanting to set it up I cant seem to get it to work. I go into system pref, click on time machine and it only recognizes my boot camp. Please help me out, Thanks!! Also it does recognize it any where else ex. finder and pops up on desktop.

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    Its a seagate freeagent goflex

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    Unless the Seagate 1 TB drive is formatted as HFS + (Mac OS Extended Journaled), Time Machine will not use it. Reformat the drive from NTFS to the Mac format by using Disk Utility and Time Machine should work with it.

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    What chscag said. I did the same thing you did when I first purchased the drive. Once I decided what I wanted to do with it I went to disk utility to format and partition the drive so I could keep my music on a portion of it.

    It gives you all the info you need there in disk utility to set it up with Time Machine. Just plug the drive in and select it in Disk Utility and it gives you all the options. Best of luck!
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    how do I go about on reformatting it in disk utility?

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    Select the drive in Disk Utility and go to the Erase menu. There it will ask you what format you want to use and I believe you select Mac OS Extended (journaled).

    This is from memory so it may not be exact. A quick search will get you your answer much quicker than waiting here!
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    Well there are two drives it says 1 TB seagate and then when I installed it the other one is Roberts External HD same drive though but which one do I do it to?But then once I select Mac OS Extended Journaled do i just click erase?

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    bump?

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    Check out ATPM 17.05 - How To: Using the Free Disk Utility on Your Mac. I wrote it some time ago as an intro to Disk Utility. Perhaps it will clear up the confusion for you.
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