Can i jump into this conversation?
I have a MacBook Pro and, last summer, was talked into buying a Time Capsule so I could work on my photos (I use Lighgtroom) anywhere in the house and have the stuff saved to an external hard drive. The backup occurs over an internal network in my house, I guess. Something went wrong, and the backup stopped, so I would connect the TC with my MBP with a cable, not the USB but the one that looks like what you use with a telephone. The symbol looks like this:
<–>. It wouuldn’t back up. A friend said that the TC was looking for the network, and refused to recognize the hardwire connection since it had been set up for the network. I have several thousand photos that I have not backed up to an external hard drive as a consequence. And when I talk with people or look at discussions or forums, I can’t find a specific solution to my specific problem and don’t want to make matters worse. But I need to backup my photos.
So I got a 3TB WD My Book Essential, formatted it for my Mac as directed, and backed up about 300 GB of photos overnight. It looks like the entire MBP got backed up as well because it took up almost 400GB on the WD.
Some questions, then:
How can I see the window which shows what the content of the WD is, by categories, i.e., photos, documents? This was visible when it was backing up. I can’t find it now and have looked the best I know how.
How can I be sure that the backup is using Time Machine? Doess that happen automatically as a result of my formatting the WD for Mac?
I want to transfer my 300 GB of photos from my internal HD on my MCB to the Time Capsule and to the WlD to free up space on the internal HD, otherwise I will soon run out of room on the 500 GB internal drive. How do I do that?
Thanks for any help anyone can give.