Does TIME MACHINE exclusively take over an external HD?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by teamgibbs, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. teamgibbs macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2008
    I jut bought a new external HD. As soon as I plugged it my Mac wanted to know if this is where Time Machine should back things up. I said yes. It changed the icon of the HD on my desktop and continued to back up my files.

    My question is this, when it is done backing up will I still be able to just drop files (new files I create) onto the external HD and use the remaining space or did Time Machine sort of hi-jack it for itself and it's now off limits??

  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    No, it's not exclusive. It creates its own self-contained folder.
  3. Xander562 macrumors 68000


    Apr 2, 2006
    No. You can still drop files on there. (I do it all the time.)

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