Use external hard drive as time machine and external hard drive

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  1. Cubeeless macrumors regular

    Cubeeless

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    I have an external hard drive which I configured to use as an time machine backup device.

    Now I cannot use this hard drive as an external hard drive, it is only possible to make back ups. How can I use this hard drive for both?

    Thanks
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core

    MacDawg

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    I partitioned mine before starting Time Machine
    But I think you should still be able to use the same partition
     
  3. stridemat Moderator

    stridemat

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    I use my Time Capsule as both a place for movie files and the back ups of my Mac without problems. What format is the external hard drive?
     
  4. Irock619 macrumors 68000

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    I have a 500gb external drive. I partitioned 200gb just for TM. That leaves 300gb for what ever I need it for. I suggest doing a separate partition just for TM.
     
  5. KevinC867 macrumors 6502a

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    Correct. You can add additional directories to the volume and Time Machine will not step on them. It will merely reduce the space available for keeping old backups.
     

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