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Solved: Time Machine trouble with new external SSD
Posted by: Buck
Date: October 22, 2020 04:15PM
I picked up a Sandisk 1TB SSD at Costco, to first be used with time machine, on a Sierra MBP.
All I get is this weird screen with no option to pick my drive, and start copying. I'm stumped for now.
Cancel looks like the only option.





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Re: Time Machine trouble with new external SSD
Posted by: jdc
Date: October 22, 2020 04:23PM
Has TM already run?

Sorry, OT, Im not sure Im getting everyone using SSDs as TM drives?



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Re: Time Machine trouble with new external SSD
Posted by: hal
Date: October 22, 2020 04:26PM
You need to format the drive to HFS+

it probably arrived with PC format. Then you have to tell your mac that you want to use this drive for TM backup.
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Re: Time Machine trouble with new external SSD
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 22, 2020 04:33PM
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Buck
I picked up a Sandisk 1TB SSD at Costco, to first be used with time machine, on a Sierra MBP.
All I get is this weird screen with no option to pick my drive, and start copying. I'm stumped for now.
Cancel looks like the only option.




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Re: Time Machine trouble with new external SSD
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: October 22, 2020 04:36PM
I've always had an issue with Time Machine where, if I have "Displays have separate Spaces" checked (which I prefer, so I can more easily full-screen movies on one of the displays), I get a black box frakking up the entire Time Machine layout. (I'm probably going to give Time Machine the final heave-ho soon, as I do multiple clones daily via CCC).





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Re: Time Machine trouble with new external SSD
Posted by: hal
Date: October 22, 2020 04:39PM
The image shows that you selected 'Enter Time Machine'. That's what you do when you are trying to recover files - that is not how you set up a new drive for TM.

This will be helpful: [support.apple.com]
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Re: Time Machine trouble with new external SSD
Posted by: Buck
Date: October 22, 2020 05:06PM
Yes I reformatted, like several other drives.
I never saw the option to choose the drive as a Time Machine backup.
It goes straight to that screen when I launch Time Machine
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Re: Time Machine trouble with new external SSD
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: October 22, 2020 05:12PM
Time Machine can't use drives that are formatted as APFS-the format MUST be HFS+
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Re: Time Machine trouble with new external SSD
Posted by: Buck
Date: October 22, 2020 05:27PM
OK it's solved (I think). I had to add the drive manually.

"If Time Machine doesn't ask to use your drive, follow these steps to add it manually:
Open Time Machine preferences from the Time Machine Time Machine icon menu in the menu bar. Or choose Apple (?) menu > System Preferences, then click Time Machine."



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