Can I use my time machine back up external drive to keep other files

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after partitioning the drive and backing up through time machine, can I use the external drive to keep other files. it's a 1 T.B drive and I have about 300 GB of back up
 
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after partitioning the drive and backing up through time machine, can I use the external drive to keep other files. it's a 1 T.B drive and I have about 300 GB of back up

The usual recommendation regarding Time Machine (TM) on an external HD is to dedicate the drive to that purpose only - I'm using two Seagate 1 TB external HDs for TM on my iMac & MBPro - in addition to using CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner) on both computers on an OWC drive w/ 2 partitions, I also have an online service (Carbonite) backing up my wife's personal files on the iMac, and a LaCie external SSD for my personal files on the MBPro.

My suggestion is NOT to put your 'eggs in one basket' - Dave :)
 

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You can do it that way. Time Machine won't complain either way. The problem with having all the files on one drive is that if the drive fails you may loose the Time Machine backup and other files.
 

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