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OS 10.5 - Time Machine?


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Is there anyway I can use my hdd without reformatting it? I have no place to put 122GB.
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The drive has to be formatted HFS in order for Time Machine to work. So, if it isn't formatted HFS then you can't use it for Time Machine until it is.
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Will I still be able to use it as a mass storage device as well?
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If you format it as HFS, it'll wipe your drive clean, so that's not exactly an option for you.

I believe Disk Utility is a non-destructive partitioning program. You should be able to create an HFS partition on your external drive while leaving your data intact. You can then direct Time Machine to use this newly created partition for your backups.

However, I'm not 100% certain if Disk Utility will leave your data intact. I would wait on confirmation by somebody who has actually done this before going ahead and doing it yourself.


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yeah I had the exact same problem when I upgraded to leopard and I was not expecting it! I was lucky enough to have space on my iMac's 250 gb hd to temporarily place the contents of external harddrive while i formatted it. I would suggest just getting rid of some of the stuff you don't need if you can, and then copy the rest to your internal drive.

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