Can a external hard drive be used for Time Machine and Other Files?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sridvijay, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. sridvijay macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2010
    Hi Everyone!

    I have a Macbook Pro 13.3" running 10.6.4. I've had this computer for a year now and I have always wondered. Can my 500 GB Toshiba Hard Drive be used for Time Machine and for storing files at the same time? I've heard about partitioning it, but will that delete the files on there? I dont have enough space on my hard drive to backup my external HD. Please Help!

    Thank you,
  2. LPZ macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2006
    Sure. Don't need to partition it. Time Machine backups are placed in a folder called Backups.backupdb. You can have whatever else you want on the drive, though of course you need ample space for the Time Machine backup files.
  3. Sbowen67 macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2010
    Stupid question, but how are you planning to backup the "Other Files"?

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