Using a hard drive partition that is in use by Time Machine

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by zen, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. zen macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2003
    Hopefully an easy question -

    I have an external hard drive being used for Time Machine (under 10.8.1). The Time Machine drive has the standard Backups.backupdb folder, and has 1.2TB of free space available.

    I had a hard drive fail recently and I've managed to salvage data from it using Disk Warrior. I need a temporary spot to copy the data from the damaged drive until I can get a replacement.

    Am I safe to use that 1.2TB of free space on the Time Machine drive? Or will Time Machine delete anything I put or create on the drive that's not the Backups.backupdb folder? Can you have anything at all in the Time Machine partition?

  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    It's not recommended, but as long as you leave the backup files alone, and just copy the data over it will be fine as a temporary solution
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    That won't be a problem at all.

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