Prepare Your Hard Drive

You’ve just unpacked your brand-new hard drive (or two), and you’re ready to get busy backing up. You might be able to plug in the drive and start working with it immediately, but it depends. Some hard drives come formatted for Windows computers, for example, while others might be formatted for a Mac—or not at all. Some come preloaded with utilities and demo software. Some might use the wrong partition map scheme for your computer, possibly preventing Time Machine from being able to see or use the drive. And if you’re not going to plug a hard drive directly into your Mac, but rather put it inside, or attach it to, a network storage device, still other considerations apply.

In short, because each situation is different, ...

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