Externals And Mac Help Please

Jan 25, 2006
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I had this external setup as my Time Machine external, and I no longer want to use it for that.
So, I plugged it in, deleted all the saved days and data.

I have another external HD that I plugged in, it shows up, I can watch/listen to all the files, etc on the Mac.
I want to move these files onto the external that was being used as Time Machine.

I can't.

I can't directly drop and drag them. I can drop and drag them to my Mac fine, but again when I try to add them to the old Time Machine external, it won't work.

I get "Cannot be read or written" Error Code 36
(Actually, I was able to move like 2% of files, but 98% give me that message)
Do I have to reformat something, or what? I searched that code, but couldn't really figure anything out.
 
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Like I said, I was able to delete all the saved Time Machine files.

5-2-2013
5-3-2013
5-4-2013

etc.

But, now I can't delete this one remaining file from it (Porn)
Or add anything to it, it just has a circle with a bar through it.

Why are computers so hard.


And if I try to add anything now, it has the X-Circle and just goes back to where the file was on my Mac, like it bounces off the screen.
 

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Just format it if you don't care about saving anything from it.

I don't own a mac, so I have no idea what kind of formatting it takes.
 
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Just format it if you don't care about saving anything from it.

I don't own a mac, so I have no idea what kind of formatting it takes.
Yeah, me either.
I've clicked everything and don't see any reformat options. I can find a "Restore", but I can't actually click it, it's invisible.

I started a thread on Mac Forums, but who knows
 

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Yeah, me either.
I've clicked everything and don't see any reformat options. I can find a "Restore", but I can't actually click it, it's invisible.

I started a thread on Mac Forums, but who knows

Do you have a PC? I think both Windows and Mac can read FAT32, so if you format the drive to that (easy on Windows, right click) maybe that will work.

I really don't know much about this, so I don't know if there's a downside to FAT32, like file size limits or something (my externals use NTFS).
 
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I actually asked a tech friend of mine, and I had to erase it or some shit, but it actually worked...
Shocked.

/Thread
 

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For future reference, you can use "Disk Utility" to format hard drives. You can find it using Spotlight, but it is in Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility.
 

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Every once in a while when my time machine partition gets full, I just reformat the drive with Disk utility and re-set the time machine preference to the newly erased drive. It's just easier.
 
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Is time machine like windows backup?
Essentially.
I does it daily, all your shit.

I'm still not 100% clear on whether it backs up just files like music/movies/photos, etc or if it's backing up operating system stuff.
Who knows...

Like for instance with Windows I had all the discs I'd have to use if I restored. I'm not sure that if something catastrophic happened that that's all on the Time Machine, or what. I assume it is.
 

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Time machine backs up everything by default; it makes a perfect clone of your mac. If you have limited space for the backup drive you can exclude things, like your music or movies for example.
If you have any problems with your mac, you can wipe it clean, reinstall the OS then restore from your time machine archive; it will bring everything back from it's last backup.
 
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I have a fun little bump.
Up until the other day, everything was working great. Now, it's not.
Randomly the external "Ejected" and I got this not with it that said basically make sure you properly eject the external next time, or such and such may occur. Fine, but I didn't unplug it or anything, it just happened.

Now, it's not showing up right here whenever I opened anything. I could click it, and access. It used to be under "Pictures" or wherever.



Now it's not there, but it does show up in Disc Utility



So, the computer is recognizing it, I just can't use it?
The external loads up fine, it's silent, it's blinking, etc. Seems fine.

The good news is, it's not like I just took 90% of everything from the Mac and put it on this external or anything and deleted it from Mac.
Not like I did that or anything :meh:
 

stellarcomics

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Goddamn Seagate drives are janky as hell. I hate them with every fiber of my being.
Get yourself a WD or a Samsung.
 
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I think I'm pretty fucked...
I hit "Repair" and this is what I got.

Fucking Externals. What's the point of using them, you have to back up the backups. And everyone says that every brand sucks.

 

stellarcomics

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EVERY seagate drive I ever bought died. I've lost mostly backups files, torrented movies & books and lots of porn. Thankfully I could dl that shit again. Either way, never trust them! WD drives seem to have a much longer shelf life and give you ample warning before they go tits up.
Here's a tip that might help; see if you can find another Seagate drive that uses the same controller board as the one that's dying. Replace the old controller board and pray the hd starts back up. Often times, the shit circuit boards blow out (sometimes you can see a burned patch where it fried). God speed.
 

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EVERY seagate drive I ever bought died. I've lost mostly backups files, torrented movies & books and lots of porn. Thankfully I could dl that shit again. Either way, never trust them! WD drives seem to have a much longer shelf life and give you ample warning before they go tits up.
Fucking A right! I've had similar issues with Seagate over the last 20+ years.