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Apple External Time Machine Drive (2.5")

Set Up Time Machine

Before you can use Time Machine, you need to select a backup destination. You can back up your files to:

An external hard drive purchased at We Love Macs & connected to a USB, FireWire, or ThunderBolt port on your Mac

Setting up Time Machine is as simple as connecting an external drive to your Mac. If you haven't already specified a backup device, Time Machine asks you when you connect a blank drive to your Mac if you want to use it for backing up.

• Click "Use as Backup Disk" to select this drive as your backup destination.
• Select the option to Encrypt backups if you want to prevent other users from accessing your backup without a password.

Your Time Machine drive needs to be formatted as Mac OS X Extended (Journaled). If you select an NTFS or FAT-formatted drive, Time Machine prompts you to reformat the drive. Important: Reformatting erases any files on the destination drive. If you're not sure if you want to erase the drive you connected, choose a different drive.

Backing up happens automatically when your Time Machine drive is available.

Learn more about backups from Apples website.

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