Is it safe to access Time Machine files directly?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Harnuld, Apr 28, 2017.

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  1. Harnuld macrumors newbie

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    Hello!

    When I connect external hard drive to Mac and it displays Disk Image on desktop, is it safe to just click on it, open the external hard drive from there and access Time Machine files from there?
     
  2. KALLT macrumors 601

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    It is safe as long you do not modify anything (the system will try to stop you). However, if you want to restore a file, I recommend you do this with the Time Machine application.
     
  3. Harnuld thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Would just copying file to desktop be safe?
     
  4. KALLT macrumors 601

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    It is safe, but not recommended. Finder is not that savvy and simplifies how Time Machine actually looks under the bonnet. Best use the Time Machine application.
     
  5. Harnuld thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you.
    As long as I only open the disk image external hard drive to see what is inside, itś fine, just better do not touch or open any file in it?
     

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