Can I use a time machine drive to store files as well?

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I have a time machine drive, a 1tb external hard drive. So far, I've been keeping some installation files that are too big for my hard drive on this drive in a separate directory that I have called "Extras."
 
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Probably best to create a separate partition on your TM drive for your 'Extras'.
 
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Probably best to create a separate partition on your TM drive for your 'Extras'.

I have considered this, but I'm wondering what will happen if I don't. It may be "probably best," but I was hoping to find out what the consequences of my current setup are.
 
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TM backs up into it's own Folder setup, so anything else you put on the drive is safe.
 

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