Using extra Time Machine HD space

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by boston04and07, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. boston04and07 macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2008
    I've been using my external hard drive for Time Machine for a while now (a Western Digital My Book) and have only used up about 100 of its 500 GB capacity. However, I'd like to temporarily use the remaining space on the drive as extra storage, since my other hard drive just died. Is there any way to do this without erasing everything that I've backed up with Time Machine already?
  2. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus


    Oct 13, 2007
  3. boston04and07 thread starter macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2008
    Ohhh, so I don't need to re-partition it or anything?? That's...easy.
  4. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    No, no need to partition or anything. If you open a window to the drive you have been using with Time Machine, you will see that it maintains all the backed up data in a single folder, so no problem storing additional files on that drive.

    Do be aware that those particular files will not be backed up anywhere though.

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