storing things on a time machine drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bc008, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. bc008 macrumors 68000

    bc008

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    #1
    i searched, no avail.

    i have an external for leopard backups, and i see there is a simple folder in it.
    is it ok for me to create another folder on the external, and store some stuff on it also?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

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    No problems storing other data alongside the Time Machine folder.
     
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn

    rdowns

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    Time Machine will use as much of a drive as it can to keep incremental backups. You can store other files on the drive. I would recommend partitioning the drive as you see fit.
     
  4. bc008 thread starter macrumors 68000

    bc008

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    could you post a link to a partitioning tut?
    or just tell me what to do?
    thanks, im a noob at all this time machine stuff.
     
  5. mlcolorado macrumors newbie

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    Hi bc008,

    When you set up Time Machine with a drive, it creates a folder on it called Backups.backupdb. This folder has all of the Time Machine backups in it. You can put other files and folders on that drive. Personally, I think partitioning for the sake of Time Machine is unnecessary because Time Machine doesn't hog the entire drive, you can still store other stuff on it too.
     
  6. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Here's what Apple has to say about it:
    Link
     
  7. mlcolorado macrumors newbie

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    Apple is saying that if you put other data on the drive that cannot be used for Time Machine. Which is true.... :) So OP, you can choose whether or not you put data on your Time Machine drive, it will lessen the space available for Time Machine, but you don't need to partition it.
     

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