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I'd recommend getting a Mac mini for ~$500. You'll likely spend close to that getting the right hardware into your PC anyway, and with the mini you'll end-up with a legitimate system. If you'll be doing iOS development, you'll want to have a real Apple system with support, instead of something you'll have to try to support yourself. Since your asking ...


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Click on the "Time Machine" drive that is indented (the one underneath the one you selected on your screen). Then the "Erase" tab should appear. Also, if your Time Machine is encrypted, my experience was that I needed to erase it and choose an unencrypted format in order to really regain full control of the disk.


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By "Passport," I am assuming that you are referring to a Western Digital external drive, which you have been using to perform regular backups. I'm guessing that by "backups," you have been using Time Machine. Considering that this is a new issue, it is fair to say that the external drive has been formatted correctly for use with Mac OSX (i.e., Mac OS ...


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You want to use NTFS for Mac. I had to use this a few months ago to access an external drive (from a Windows user) that I had to work with. For the hard drive that will be used for your Time Machine, that needs to be Mac OS Extended (Journaled).


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Have a look at: Time Machine: How to transfer backups from a current backup drive to a new backup drive Synopsis: In Disk Utility, select the new drive's icon to make sure it has a GUID partition and is formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled). If not make appropriate changes. Set permissions on your new backup drive in Finder using Get Info and make ...



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