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Thread: Question: Can you backup specific stuff on a HD and still use it as a time machine?

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    Jul 28, 2010
    Smile Question: Can you backup specific stuff on a HD and still use it as a time machine?
    That is, I'd like to use my 2 TB HD as a time machine for my MacBook Pro, but I also have about 1tb of it spoken for with content from another hard drive. is it possible to assign this drive as a time machine and have it keep all the content that is already on it, or will setting it up as a time machine render it effective only for that purpose and clear my existing data?

    Thanks a lot for any clarification on this, I've just about transferred the 1TB. I thought this was an appropriate topic to post this Q in but I'm not here all that frequently, so my apologies if this should be in another part of the forum. thanks and happy holidays,


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    JimboMac's Avatar
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    Dec 16, 2011
    Lakeland, Florida
    Yes you can. Setup Time Machine first, and do not mess with any of the folders it creates.

    On my external HD, I created a folder called Backup, and I put things there all the time.

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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    Thread moved to more appropriate forum. Please read before posting in Rumors & Reports.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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    BrianLachoreVPI's Avatar
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    Feb 25, 2011
    You should partition the drive first - to keep Time Machine from overwriting anything.

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    Jul 28, 2010
    Sorry about the wrong forum. I already backed up my external hd and basically my whole computer on the new 2tb drive. Do I have to set up time machine first? Because if so that implies the data that's on there would not survive the time machine setup process.

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