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I bought an Iomega HD for back ups from the local Apple store. I was told it's plug and play.But I keep getting "Back Up failed,read only files" . I've partitioned and re-formatted the HD,but no joy.I have done some more research and hope to look at the problem this weekend.

I also bought an Apple TV unit. Worked great for a few days , then I got "need to turn on Homeshare". It was already on.After a few tries at fixes , I got it working by unplugging it,signing out of iTunes on my iMac,and signing back in.
I was trying to demo Apple TV at the time,telling my friends how good it was.
It took me 30 minutes to get it running.They weren't impressed.

I'm more familiar with Microsoft products,and navigating through the iMac
menus takes me a little longer.Hopefully I'll learn in time.

The HD/Time Machine issue is bugging me..:confused:
 

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Have you checked your iomega for drive issues? I have been running a TM backups system with a WD hard drive for over a year with no issues. May want to run a sector check on the iomega drive to be sure.

As for the Apple TV i have been running a jailbroken 1st generation one for over 8 months with no issues. Got the new one a few weeks ago and jailbroke that to install plex with no issues after I got through the headache of JB'ing it.

iTunes all up to date?

System Software up to date on the Apple TV?

All of your system updates applied?

You could run a repair permissions in the Disk Utility on your boot drive just to be safe.

I run a ton of Windows PC's everyday at work and am more familiar with Windows as well but coming home to Mac's is a blessing so just be a little patient and work through the quirks. you will be happier in the end.
 

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Hi Quicksilver,

Thanks for the tips. I'll check those when I get a chance.

I had Apple TV streaming music and pics last night,but when I went home
at lunch today,Netflix and the Internet were okay, but no homesharing with iTunes.I'll check all the settings when I get a minute.

I'm very happy with Apple TV when it's working..:D
 

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Did you check if the drive is formatted properly? Most drives are formatted NTFS and the mac can read NTFS drives cannot write to NTFS drives out of the box.

The Iomega Drive I bought was pre formatted NTFS but TC might have asked to format it when you plugged it in.

Something to check. Good Luck.

Bob
 

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Last Iomega drive I got I needed to reformat it from NTFS to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) using Disk Utility before Time Machine would work. I remember having to repartition it and set the partition to Mac OS Extended before it would work, simply erasing didn't actually change the format.
 

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I purchased the Iomega drive at the Apple store.I was supposed to be for Mac. I went into Disk Utility and formatted it for Mac OS Extended (journaled).I did partition the disk.
I'll have another go in a few days when I'm off and the DW is adding to the honeydo list..

I noticed the Apple TV wasn't accessing my iTunes library again last night.
I'll have to fix that too.. Sigh.
 

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So after trying numerous fixes with the Iomega HD,I checked out the Apple forums and discoved many threads complaining about external hard drives randomly ejecting.The problem appears to have started in Oct 2010 after
an OS X update.There are quite few suggestions (I tried them ).
Apparently Apple is aware of the problem.

I thought I was going crazy.I tried a lot of things.I took the iMac to the Genious Bar. They did exactly the same things I did.However when I got
home and started up Time Machine back ups,the HD ejected again,
and again..
I guess I'll leave Time Machine off,disconnect the Iomega hard drive,and watch for updates..


the Apple TV is working great.I'm very happy with it.
 

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Just an update . I purchased a Western Digital 500GB My Passport Essential portable hard drive,and so far it's working great. I'm using it to back up our iMac and Macbook.

I guess it's time to send the Iomega back.
 
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