Time Machine drive question.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by grahamtearne, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. grahamtearne macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2006
    Right guys. I have just bought a MBP from my housemate and his new MBP arrives in several days. I have a Time Machine of my old iMac with all my documents and software etc that I want to restore to this computer. However my friend doesn't have any spare external space to put his files on until his arrives. I have around 80gb left in my Time Machine HDD. Is it OK to try putting his files into a folder on this drive. I just thought by adding files that are not added through Time Machine may cause TM to not be recognized when I try the restore?

    Am I safe to think that even if this was the case it just wouldn't restore and I could then return to OS X and remove those added files and then carry out the restore when he can back them up. Just alot of the stuff I need for university are backed up via TM and want access to them sooner rather than later.

    Thanks guys.
  2. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    It's OK to have other files and folders on a TM drive. Just leave the Backups.backupdb folder alone and you should be fine.

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