The drive would be visible in Finder, sometimes it wouldn't, and even thought it would mount, I was unable to access the drive via the Finder or Terminal. It had some sort of denied access. It sounds similar so hope this helps If I recall correctly after all the troubleshooting, I found that the permissions on the volume were changed for some reason. The user did not have read nor write access. It was completely removed. If you get to see your drive in Finder, select the volume drive , and hit Command-I. This will bring up the "Get Info" page where at the bottom you can see the users who have access to the drive.
Use a Single External Hard Drive for Time Machine Backups and File Storage
Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Could you include a screen capture of your Toshiba external disk status as seen from Disk Utility? Because it was supported. Not anymore. And it doesn't show up under My Computer at all when plugged into any Windows computer. Sorry it wasn't never was. And I recommend you seek help on site. I mean go to Apple Service provide and state your problem. Great article, thank you!
My advice is never have your general file storage on the same external backup drive as your Time Machine.
If you want to use multiple Macs just create a new partition for each Mac, and the partition for the file storage:. Thankyou for you easy to follow instructions. I have two partitions on my external hard drive. At the prompt: Thanks for this!
Can I create a partition that is compatible with my interests? Other folders live happily on the same drive — never interfering with each other! To sum up, what is the advantage to partitioning? Thank you, Larry. But your reply is useless, because the scenario blog this post is concerned with is using one external HDD for both backup and file storage on the same MAC. FAT32 being very old technology, and ExFAT not being designed for use in a large disk file storage scenario it was designed for Mobile and Embedded Devices with far smaller storage volumes.
I do the same on my Windows Machine.
Hi there! Thanks for the useful guide, but I have one problem: Any idea why that could be? For future visitors: It is much bigger than I need but it was a good price and has good reviews. Is that doable? Thank you for any help you can give. This is the first article I found that is clear. The Mac side also has a fully working Fusion 7: But I use The boot camped windows os exclusively.
What’s in the Box
Its Hdd died. I have installed a new virgin HDD. Any other suggestions! To bad the hdddied after 5 years. Hi, I followed steps 1 to 4 and it has completely erased the drive. So much so I can no longer find it on the Mac. Yes as the article says it will erase the drive. Anytime you format a drive it is erased.
Back up your Mac with Time Machine
You can now format the drive for Mac compatibility so that it will be used on a Mac http: Check the hard drive you have selected in DU is the one with the model number — not the one that might be below showing the name you first gave the drive. I have a macbook pro running os sierra I used this external to save pictures, videos, work docs, etc.
I recently decided to set up time machine to start backing up my computer on this drive after an internal HD wipe scare, and forgot to partition it first and do more research regarding the process of protecting the original files I had already saved to it. Not finding much help online and crazy waits for Apple Support, so hoping to find a solution sooner. Any help recovering those files is truly and greatly appreciated! Thank you! But if the lost data is encrypted, it will be more difficult to recover.
But with that said, even if you use Time Machine on an external hard drive, it should not override any files that are on that hard drive. You can do that without partitioning. Or was the data totally erased? Good luck, let us know what works! Thank you; this is exactly what I am looking for.
I want to use a part of it for Time Machine Backup and the other partition for normal file backups. My question: If I use the above method, will I be able to the second partition to transfer files between my MacBook Air and other Windows computers? If not, what other method works?
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