Time Machine external HD

Discussion in 'macOS' started by fjs08, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. fjs08 macrumors 65816

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    Does the external HD that you use for Time Machine (TM) have to be "dedicated" for TM only?? I see there is a file folder on the HD. Can I use it for other file saves?

    Thanks.

    Frank
     
  2. notsofatjames macrumors 6502a

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  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn

    rdowns

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    My external drive has 2 partitions. TM works just fine on its partition.
     
  4. fjs08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I have a WD Passport HD. How do I go about partitioning that drive. Do I have to erase everything on it, or can I partition it with Time Machine on it??

    Thanks.

    Frank
     
  5. Diaresi macrumors regular

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    You don't HAVE to partition it!

    Time Machine backs up to a folder on the HDD, so you can just set Time Machine to go and you'll have your backup.

    Although if you want Time Machine to backup things that are on the HDD it's backing up to then you'd have to partition it :)
     
  6. fjs08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I guess I don't understand Time Machine. I'm thinking of backing up a few frequently used files to another folder, but I guess that's the whole point of Time Machine??? It does back them up. It's just easier to find them when I have them in a smaller folder.

    Frank
     

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