Do i need to give Time Machine its own partition or can i store stuff along side it?

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  1. TXBDan macrumors regular

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    On my external HD.. is it fine to store crap along sime my Time Machine backup files? Or should i partition it to separate these functions?
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    I just throw stuff onto the drive next to the backup folders. I don't think there is anything wrong with that. :)
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    all time machine does is creates a folder. just store stuff along side it
     
  4. celticpride678

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    Yes. You can store files and folders on the same partition as Time Machine. All Time Machine does is create a folder and after that, go ahead and store files.
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Partitioning has one big advantage: it keeps your time machine backups from getting too big. If you have, for example, a 500 gb for time machine and other stuff, eventually time machine will fill the available space and you will not be able to put anything else there. If you partition it to 200/300, then time machine will fill it's part then start overwriting and you will be able to use the other part for your stuff.
     

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