Can you use Time Machine drive for other files?
Tip: Time Machine will by default use up all the space available on the drive. If you’d also like to use some of the hard drive space for storing other files, you’ll need to partition the drive into two volumes: one for the Time Machine backups and one for your other files.
Technically, there’s no need to partition your hard drive if you want to use it for external storage as well as Time Machine backups. All you need to do is start copying files and folders onto the drive using Finder.
Will Time Machine erase other files on external drive?
No it will not erase your existing files. Time machine will create a folder on your external hard drive called Backups.
How do I transfer everything from my Mac to an external hard drive?
Browse to the folder on your external drive where you want to store the files or folders and then drag and drop folders and files from your Mac’s Finder window into the external hard drive’s window. A status bar appears on your screen indicating progress. Wait until the full transfer completes.
How do I sync two Macs with Time Machine?
How to Use Multiple Backup Drives with Time Machine
- Connect your second hard drive to your Mac.
- Click on the Time Machine icon in the menu bar, then click on Open Time Machine preferences.
- Click Select Disk.
- Select the drive you want to rotate, then click Use Disk.
What format should my external hard drive be for Mac Time Machine?
APFS or APFS Encrypted disks are the preferred format for a Time Machine backup disk. If you select a new backup disk that’s not already formatted as an APFS disk, you get the option to erase and reformat it.
Should I use Time Machine to backup my Mac?
Your Mac’s Time Machine should be your primary backup system. Not only does it let you restore your Mac to a happy working state after a crash, but it also lets you recover individual files or folders you may have accidentally erased.
How do I backup my Mac to an external hard drive without Time Machine?
Method 1: Manual Backup
- Click Finder> Preferences and examine the Hard Disks in Show these items on the desktop.
- Now launch backup disk, generate a file folder and enter a name.
- Now, open Mac disk, hit Users’ file folder and then highlight all files, including items that you want to backup.
Is it OK to delete old Time Machine backups?
Delete Old Backups
Don’t. You have no idea what you’ll be deleting, and you’ll likely corrupt the entire Time Machine backup, rendering it useless. Instead, use a utility like GrandPerspective or OmniDiskSweeper to identify folders or files that are both large and unnecessary.
How do I backup my Mac to an external hard drive without formatting?
If you insist on using Time Machine, there’s no way to back up your MacBook without formatting the drive. What you can do instead, is simply copy the files from your external, format the drive and back up the files/docs with everything else on your Mac using Time Machine.