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    external hard drives "for mac"
    what's the difference between a regular external hard drive and the ones i see advertised as "formatted for mac os x" ?

    cant you just plug-and-play with any working external hard drive? i mean you dont have to buy a specific flash drive "formatted for mac os x" hard drive space is hard drive space, eh?

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    If the hdd is not mac formatted, it is in NTFS which is a windows format which you can only read not write. You can format it though time machine when you first plug it in however, if you do this it will wipe all data from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamawho View Post
    If the hdd is not mac formatted, it is in NTFS which is a windows format which you can only read not write. You can format it though time machine when you first plug it in however, if you do this it will wipe all data from it.
    right so it seems to me like i can save myself a decent little chunk of change by just buying an external that doesnt come with a cool macintosh logo on it and simply formatting it out-of-the-box when i first hook her up.


    -buy it
    -formatt it
    -use it til it breaks and laugh at all the people who got suckered in by the marketing tricks
    -???
    -profit

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    Quote Originally Posted by y0itsj0hn View Post
    right so it seems to me like i can save myself a decent little chunk of change by just buying an external that doesnt come with a cool macintosh logo on it
    Yes, I used a 500GB hdd and did this last week on mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamawho View Post
    Yes, I used a 500GB hdd and did this last week on mine.
    how do you reformatt with time machine, i thought all that did was back up files

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    When you first plus the external in it asks you if you want to use it with time machine. Then you will be given these options.

    BTW I used the Apple stickers that came with my son's iPod and put those on my external hdd

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    use ' Diskutility ' to partition and format your external disk.

    Diskutility.app can be found in your applications/utility folder.

    Be carefull .... you wouldn't want to format your internal disk

    Cheers ... McBie
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    Quote Originally Posted by McBie View Post
    use ' Diskutility ' to partition and format your external disk.

    Diskutility.app can be found in your applications/utility folder.

    Be carefull .... you wouldn't want to format your internal disk

    Cheers ... McBie
    Thats why I suggested the method thru time machine ...

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