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This question might sound noob-ish to some but I still want to know if it is necessary to have a made for mac HDD to use it with time machine
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    Default Time Machine and External HDD
    This question might sound noob-ish to some but I still want to know if it is necessary to have a made for mac HDD to use it with time machine or any other External HDD would work as well with the Time Machine?

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    I believe you can use any external HDD that is connected to the Mac. i do know that a network drive that is connected to another non-Mac computer wont work. At least I ahvent figured out how to make it work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bhz1 View Post
    I believe you can use any external HDD that is connected to the Mac. i do know that a network drive that is connected to another non-Mac computer wont work. At least I ahvent figured out how to make it work.
    thanks for the help

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    Indeed, use disk utility to format ANY hard drive to mac extended journalled (HFS+) and you will be able to backup timemachine to it.
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    Thanks for that. I am relatively new to the Mac so still learning a lot. I owe it all to the iPhone


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    "for Mac" generally just means its preformatted in HSF+ which doesn't matter since you can format any drive any way you want.

    However, some "for Mac" devices also include firewire which is very handy. So look for that difference as well.

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