Time Machine access query

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Lambourne2, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. Lambourne2 macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2014
    Having put my Time machine drive on the finder sidebar, I find I can now access the drive and open files directly from a backup without navigating through the Time Machine App/Restore facility.

    Anyone else seen this?
  2. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2008
    USA (Virginia)
    Yes, that's normal. Time Machine stores your stuff as regular files and directories and hard links (which look to Finder like regular files and directories).

    As far as I know, it's OK to copy (drag) files from the TM backup to wherever you want, instead of going through the "starfield" interface. However, do not delete, move, or rename any of the files on the backup disk -- you'd risk "messing up" Time Machine's system. Be very careful about that!

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