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

    zen

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    #1
    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?

    Cheers!
     
  2. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

    Macman45

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    #2
    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

    Weaselboy

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    #3
    That won't be a problem at all.
     

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