want to access data on Time Machine backup from other macbook

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    I have all my data backed up on an external hd via Time Machine. We're travelling with one macbook (not mine) and I'd like to be able to bring (at least some of) my data along to do work. I'm wondering is it advisable to access time machine backups on an external hd connected to a different macbook than the one where the data is coming from? is it even advisable to attempt to access the data on a Time Machine backup other than to restore lost data on a local hd?

    i hope I'm making sense here.

    any suggestions to help me do what i'm talking about?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    If you access that data via Finder and browsing the backups.backupdb folder you should be fine, but make sure to copy the files/folders you want to use out of the backups.backupdb folder before any changes are being done to them.

    Time Machine FAQ

    You could also look into Dropbox, if you only have less than 2 to 5 GB of data you want to access.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    okay, so copy the data from backupsdb and paste into Pages or whatever?

    of course, dropbox. great idea. thanks
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    No, copy the actual files from the folder you want to use onto the Desktop or wherever you want, as long as that wherever you want is not inside the backups.backupdb folder. Then open and edit the folder from the copied to location.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay, got it. Thank you
     

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