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    Using an external hard drive as extra storage as well as an external hard drive

    My internal hard drive is getting close to full and I have a back up hard drive that has a lot more memory. I am currently running time machine on this external hard drive, however, what would be ideal would be if I could have part of it for these Back ups and part of it for data that I don't want on my computer, for example I have tens of gigabytes of photos that I want to keep but don't need them on my computer and this would free up a lot of space for me.

    I can't understand why I can't just add the files into my hard drive as if it was a USB stick. whenever I try to put files on it, it just comes up with a sign that says it isn't permitted.

    I am using theWD my passport

    Any ideas?

    Many thanks


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    You will need to partition the drive, this is simple if you want to destroy your old Time Machine back-up and start a new TM mack-up a fresh

    However if you want to keep the TM back-up and have a new partition, you can achive this via terminal

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