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Is it OK to access Time Machine backup folders without entering Time Machine?

174 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 1, 2013 1:59 PM by Ian R. Brown RSS
Ian R. Brown Level 6 Level 6 (17,480 points)
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Jan 29, 2013 4:27 AM

Last week I discovered that I could simply navigate to the backup folders on my TM hard drive just as you would navigate through any other nest of folders.


I was told that this was potentially dangerous, but assuming that I was only copying items to my desktop, I can't see a problem.


Obviously I wouldn't add to or remove items from the backup folders.


Simply copying the odd file that I need seems quite harmless.


Is it OK to copy as long as I don't alter the backups in any way? (Copying does not alter).

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Little knowledge... many opinions.


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