Post 158718

@peemee
Office supply store offers two different 3TB Toshiba USB 3.0 ext HDs. One is $30 more and includes automatic backup software for PCs but is Mac compatible. The cheaper one lacks the backup crapware that a Mac users doesn't need.
@GTWilson
@peemee I always buy the Windows one, format the thing and pocket the savings.
@GTWilson
@peemee …I don't understand why they bundle that stuff either.
@peemee
@GTWilson Both are Mac compatible. I bought the cheaper one, Time Machine will automatically format it when I attach it to the iMac that's about a week away from delivery.
@GTWilson
@peemee I honestly did not know Time Machine would format a drive.
@peemee
@GTWilson WD are the worst. Some of their drives come with a hard-to-remove disk management package that works on Macs but is totally not needed. Others they make don't even work on Macs.
@GTWilson Plug in a new drive & Time Machine says "wanna use this?" If you approve it, the app erases anything on it & reformats it for Time Machine backup use.
@jacobrealo
@peemee shouldn't it have noticed it was synced with a different machine before? I assume that is the reason it did such in this instance.
@peemee
@jacobrealo I alternate between two different Time Machine drives, the app recognises each individual one and queries others. This new drive is for the new iMac I should have in 7 days.
@peemee
@jacobrealo I'm referring to a previously unused drive.
@jacobrealo
@peemee so no data was lost?
@peemee
@jacobrealo Nope.
@peemee
@GTWilson It tried to reformat the new drive but said there wasn't enough space for the operation. Because it was preformatted as NTFS. Disk Utility soon fixed that problem.
@jacobrealo
@peemee I was momentarily scared for you.
@peemee
@jacobrealo I have a new 1TB iMac coming soon. It's replacing a 256 GB MBP so the existing Time Machine backup drives are too small. I like to have 2½ to 3 times the startup space for full Time Machine backups.

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