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    Nov 14, 2011
    How to transfer photo's and video's to an external hard drive...
    I just recently purchased a Seagate 2TB external hard drive in hopes that I could transfer all my photo's and videos from both my MacBook Pro and I-Mac. I am in desperate need to free up space on both. Can someone tell me how I can transfer all my photo's and videos over? Thanks

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    Oct 19, 2008
    2012 13" MBP (2.5 i5, 8GB)
    Plug it it and simply copy them over to the external hard drive. It's as simple as that.
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    Member Since
    Oct 06, 2011
    13 MBP 2.3Ghz Intel dual core i5
    You may want to be careful because if you simply want to transfer photos and videos then it is as simple as plugging it in and transfering, but if you arent careful it will try to use time machine which will back up your whole computer.

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    Oct 27, 2011
    Just a quick addition... remember to "copy" not "cut" for just incase something goes wrong during the data transfer you will still have the original

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    Member Since
    Nov 14, 2011
    Unfortunately, it did use the Time Machine to back up my whole do I go about cleaning the external hard drive and starting over, just copying over photo's and video's?

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    "It" didn't use Time Machine -- you did. When attaching a new external hard drive, Time Machine will pop up and ask *you* if you want to use it for backup. YOU said that you did, so that is exactly what happened. Let's not blame the computer for human error, m'kay?

    You can simply erase the Time Machine drive, then plug it back in and THIS time, say NO when you are asked if you want to use the drive for Time Machine (or just turn TM off from it's preferences). Then copy the folders you wish to copy over using drag and drop as described.

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