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So I have an external hard drive, my passport, that used to be a Time Machine, but now I use for basic file storage. Whenever I try to add a folder, or manage files, it asks for an administrator password. I looked in the system preferences, and it said nothing about it there. Help.

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One question first: do you still use it for TimeMachine also? If not, did you format it before you use it for what you do now?

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  • No. How do you format it? – Sam54123 Nov 3 '15 at 23:45
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i think if its a volume dedicated to timemachine sure u "can" but u might not create nothing in that volume because its maintained by the timemachine system. but u can split an external HD in several partition and allocate one to time machine, assuming the partition allocated has equal size of u system partion. others newly formatted partitions in fat on whatever wont need administrator rights read/write etc..

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  • I don't still use it for time machine. – Sam54123 Nov 3 '15 at 23:46
  • format it with disk utility. – hache Nov 5 '15 at 7:46

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