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    hard drives
    hi so i am new to macs. i just plugged my hard drive in to retrieve all my music and pictures etc. and it asked me if i wanted to use this as my back up. i said no because i would lose all my stuff, but now i have transferred it all i would like to make it my back up. any help on getting there?

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    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    The external will serve solely as a backup drive for your Mac?

    If yes - open up Disk Utility (DU) - in Applications / Utilities

    Head to the Partition tab

    Select the drive on the left side (not the partition(s) you already have on the drive)

    Select '1 Partition' in the drop down box

    Give the drive a name

    format to 'Mac OS Extended (Journaled)'

    Hit 'Apply' - this will delete everything on the drive

    Close DU

    Then decide whether you're going to use Time Machine or CarbonCopy Cloner for your backup software and use whichever you decide.
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