Time Machine External Disk Question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mrpeepers, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. mrpeepers macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2007
    Hi all,

    So I'm running leopard and running time machine on an external drive, and my question is surrounding what else I can safely store on that external.


    I have 1 external
    I am running time machine and it updates the external frequently.

    Can I use SuperDuper to write a bootable disk image to this drive IN ADDITION to using it for Time Machine incremental backups?

    If yes, what is the best way to do this? Any suggestions from experience??
  2. SBG88 macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2003
    I recently wanted to get a file I deleted a week ago and it was gone! The constant backups will require several (or two) externals. I have just turned off from sys pref and turn back on when I think I'll need to backup. Would be nice to turn off hourly updates and such.
  3. mrpeepers thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2007
    My time machine is using about 70+GB, and my Mac HD is 320GB (not all used obviously).

    So has anyone tried storing OTHER THINGS on the External Drive used by Time Machine and is it working OK or is that considered a No No...
  4. tyr2 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    If you going to store other data on the Time Machine drive you should partition it to restrict the space that Time Machine uses, otherwise it will continue to use up space until the entire drive is full.

    So if you were wanting a SuperDuper backup you should create a partition for that, otherwise at some point there won't be enough space to update the SuperDuper backup as Time Machine will have consumed the usable space.
  5. Smoke macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2007
    Absloutly Correct. You can get away with it without duel partitions but i wouldent do it.

    Also keep in mind it may be 70+ GB now, but all TM is going to do is update what has been changed / Added, so it all depends on what you use your Mac For.

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