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WD Easystore is not available for Time Machine

I recently bought a WD Easystore portable external drive (version Ventura OS 13.2) to use as a backup for my MacBook Pro. The new drive is not recognized by my Mac Time Machine setup. There is no destination available, according to the error message.

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iBoysoft author Amanda Wong

Amanda Wong

Answered on Thursday, May 16, 2024

Your new WD Easystore portable external drive is very likely formatted for Windows/PC, then it won't work with Time Machine. You need to format the external hard drive to make it compatible with the Mac Time Machine so that you can continue to back up your Mac.

As your Mac is running macOS Ventura, you should format the external hard drive with APFS in Disk Utility and choose the GUID portion map. Then you can set up Time Machine on Mac and the WD Easystore external drive should be available there.

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