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    WD EXT Hard drive time machine malfunction
    Well maybe me and not a malfunction..

    My computer sees the drive as per image in disk utility but Time machine does not see it..

    Trying to do back ups..

    The EXT drive does not appear on desktop or in finder when plugged in..

    When i first started it time machine opened up but wouldn't let me use that drive..Offered two options select disk and erase {I THINK} so as select disk would not work i assumed erase was a formatting option and chose that ..In hindsight it seems like a bad decision...

    Can any one assist please and thank you...I am such a rookie..

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    WD EXT Hard drive time machine malfunction
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    Your Mac's Specs
    L2014 Mac mini macOS Mojave, iPhone 8+ iOS 12, 12.9" iPad Pro 1 iOS 12, Pencil 1
    If Disk Utility (DU) sees the external drive, erase it. When you open DU, go to View, and make sure Show All Devices is selected.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Thanks ferrar...Did that and it now shows in utility but when i go to Time Machine >select disk its not there ...

    What could i be missing here

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    WD EXT Hard drive time machine malfunction
    ferrarr's Avatar
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    Your Mac's Specs
    L2014 Mac mini macOS Mojave, iPhone 8+ iOS 12, 12.9" iPad Pro 1 iOS 12, Pencil 1
    What format/partition schemes are you selecting? You need to use GUID for partition, and HFS+ for format.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Thanks ferrar...

    All working now very help full and much appreciated

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