I have a portable external hard drive, and I want it to be the backup disk by using time machine.

But first I encounter a problem, I can't divide it.

In my Dish Utility, it display this.

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The partition button is disable.

Before this action, I erased my disk and chosed the ExFat type.

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The problem is you didn't select the disk properly. You see how you selected "WD"? You need to select the item above it, where it says "WD My Passport...". Then you'll be able to partition it.

Edit (from Tetsujin): You also need to make sure that the drive is formatted as Mac OS Journaled (also known as HFS+) with a GUID partition scheme.

  • Also, it needs to be GUID/HFS+
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 12, 2016 at 17:14

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