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Can I Use An Old HD for Time Machine?

Congratulations on your new book Gary!
Can’t wait til Amazon sends it to me.
I have a question…
I have a windows pc now and will be buying a new iMac soon (hoping the new iMacs will be out soon!). All my pics and tunes are on my external hard drive. Once I tranfer all my pics and tunes from my EHD to my new iMac HD, can I then delete and format the EHD to use as my Time Machine. Do I need to format the EHD in any certain way (ie. FAT32)??

— Mark

Comments: One Response to “Can I Use An Old HD for Time Machine?”

    15 years ago

    Sure, you can do it that way. Just make sure all of your files made the transfer first. Also, make sure the drive is big enough to make a suitable TM drive. I prefer one 2x the size of the drive it is backing up. HDs are cheap, so if this is an old drive, you may want to consider getting a newer one.
    As for format, TM will take care of that for you. When you select it as a TM drive, it will reformat it to get it ready.

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