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Seagate Innov8 User Manual
Seagate Innov8 User Manual

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Back up a Mac

Time Machine is the built-in backup utility for the Mac operating system. It keeps a copy of all your files so you can recover older versions at any time. Further, a Time Machine backup can restore the entire system on your current internal hard drive or a replacement hard drive.

  Important info: Time Machine requires a hard drive that is formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and Innov8 is preformatted as exFAT. Time Machine automatically formats Innov8 when it is selected as the destination hard drive. Since formatting the hard drive deletes all of your data, make certain to back up your files before choosing Innov8 as the destination for Time Machine.
  Important info: Time Machine changes the attributes of a hard drive partition. Users with standard user rights to the Mac have read-only rights to the Time Machine partition. Therefore, when users drag files to a Time Machine partition they receive a prompt asking for an administrator name and password.

Create a backup with Time Machine

When you first connect a new drive to your computer, Time Machine may ask if you want to use the drive for backing up. Confirm that you want to use the disk as a backup destination and move to step 3 below. If you don’t see this messager, follow steps 1 and 2 below.

  1. In the Apple pull-down menu, click System Preferences.
  2. Click Time Machine. Time Machine may ask if you want to use the drive for backup.
  3. Choose Use as Backup Disk. If you do not see the prompt, click Add or Remove Backup Disk and choose your Innov8.
  4. If Innov8 is formatted as exFAT, a message asks you to confirm that you want to erase all files on your hard drive. Choose Erase if you want to continue or Don't Erase to exit the application.
  5. (Optional) Select Encrypt backups if you want to password-protect your backups.

Time Machine runs automatic backups to keep your data safe. Therefore, make certain that your Innov8 is connected to your Mac so that backups occur as often as possible.

  Note: Backups continue even if your Mac is taking a Power Nap.

Verify that a backup is complete

  1. Confirm that your Innov8 is connected to your Mac.
  2. Open System Preferences > Time Machine.
  3. Review the backup information.
  4. (Optional) For more detailed information, check your system log:
    1. Go to Go > Utilities > Console.
    2. If you do not see two panels, click Show Log List.
    3. Click All Messages.
    4. In the search box, type backup.

Restore data from a Time Machine backup

  1. Click the Time Machine icon in the menu bar (upper right, circular arrow with clock).
  2. Choose Enter Time Machine.
  3. Select the files or folders you want to restore and click Restore.