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5.0 out of 5 stars Mac time machine backup, 2 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Seagate STBV2000200 2 TB Expansion USB 3.0 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive - Black (Personal Computers)
Purchased this hard drive to use as a 'time machine' backup for my iMac; very good for the price. Worked straight out of the box. The Mac reformatted it, but that didn't cause any problems and easy enough to do if you follow the onscreen prompts. Generally runs quietly. Future-proof as it has USB 3.0. Overall very pleased.
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Initial post: 1 Feb 2013 22:48:44 GMT
David J. says:
Is this still working ok on our mac? I have purchased and didn't realise it was meant to be Windows only?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Mar 2013 17:57:48 GMT
As long as it's reformatted, it'll work absolutely fine.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2013 11:27:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Mar 2013 11:27:36 GMT
Greg F says:
Hi
Just reformat the drive before you add anything to it. In your applications folder is a folder called utilities. You need to open and used the Disc Utility Application located there to format the drive. Click on the tab that says erase, in the drop down box select journaled then click the erase button. Your drive will then be ready to use on your Mac. Obviously make sure you have nothing on the drive you want to keep when doing this as it will wipe the drive clean when it formats it.

Greg

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2013 11:01:24 BDT
K. Walby says:
hi, i have just bought this also and i am mac too, stupid question alert.!!! ;) ..but how do you find out if you have anything else on your drive before i format it ..thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2013 13:04:55 BDT
He means check that you've copied any documents etc. that you might have put on there before formatting because this erases your data from the drive. If you've not used it yet then reformatting is no problem. Oh and be sure to partition it (google that) so that if you have a disc failure, however unlikely, chances are that you'll only lose some of your data and not all of it. One partitio nfor Moves, one for games, one for documents etc.

Posted on 31 Jul 2013 12:48:12 BDT
Brammers says:
I almost had a nervous breakdown when it wouldn't work so many thanks for the info on reformatting. I can finally clear up some space on my struggling mac!

Posted on 29 Aug 2013 18:08:32 BDT
Hi, once you have reformatted it to work on Mac, can you then use it on a PC as well, so you can transfer things from your PC to your Mac?
Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2013 20:04:52 BDT
DKL says:
Probably not as they're using different file systems. But I could be wrong on this.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Sep 2013 12:22:35 BDT
J. Stubley says:
Well yes you can transfer them, in that direction - PC to Mac. The Mac is a clever machine and will read most PC files. Sadly, Windows is miles behind in compatability so it is unlikely that a PC will read many Mac generated files, and it will not read some that have been converted by a Mac into Windows format either.

Posted on 24 Oct 2013 21:30:04 BDT
Yes, Formatted half for Mac files and half for Windows use. Partitioned using disk Utility
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