From 4 - 3.5 years ago, I used My Passport Essential on a PC (the last backup was in mid/late 2008). About a year ago, I retrieved files from said passport onto a Mac (10.4) and again to an identical 10.4 Mac a few months ago. I have no access to those computers so I decided to connect my passport to my current, indefinitely accessible Mac (10.5) to retrieve my files again. Time Machine (which I’d never experienced) popped up and I elected to start the process of using my passport with it for future syncing… Thoughtless of me, in my ignorance. Time Machine: created a backup folder containing nothing; required my passport’s password which I’m clueless to; said my passport needed reformatting. I am not sure in which order those things occurred as it was a month ago.
I forgot about this until this evening when I contemplated buying an MP3 player. I downloaded WD Smartware, being stuck with Time Machine. The ‘Backup’, ‘Retrieve’, and (in ‘Settings’) ‘Set Up Drive’ tabs were unclickable (I assume because my passport is formatted for PC). So I played around in ‘Set Up Software’ settings and noticed an option to change the Retrieve Folder. Upon browsing my folder options for default retrieve folder, I saw my old folders and files that I’m trying to access!
…I got stuck at this stage, registered My Passport Essential and started writing here. I need to retrieve my files using this 10.5 Mac but I don’t know what to do or how to do it. I’d love some help with this so I can access my files and move on/avoid a computer illiteracy-related aneurysm. Thanks