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Question about erasing a drive for Acronis

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Just a question about erasing a drive for tib backups.
I am not a mac person :)

Should I use select these in Disk Utility:
- Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
- GUID Partition Map

I don't think I'll need to encrypt/password it.
This drive is for Mac only.
I will also use Time Machine on it.


These are available:

- Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
- Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)
- Mac OS Extended (Case-Sensitive, Journaled)
- Mac OS Extended (Case-Sensitive, Journaled, Encrypted)

- GUID Partition Map
- Master Boot Record
- Apple Partition Map


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Yes, I would stick with the default Mac parition scheme for any hard drives that are designed to be used primarily with a Mac - OS X journaled is the way to go. That way, you can use it for other Mac things as well or as spare space for other types of Mac data (if desired), or possibly also for native Time Machine backups as well. 

- Mac OS Extended (Journaled) is the one you want if you don't need the drive to be natively encrypted with OS X.  Encryption should not be necessary as you can encrypt your backup with a password in Acronis as well.