3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 25, 2012 9:39 AM by Ima Writer
Chelleywell Level 1 (0 points)

I am having trouble understanding my external hard drive.

  Is it possible to store movies on my hard drive and then delete on my computer to allow more space.

This is worrying me as I don't want to delete anything on my computer thinking that the next time Time machine backs up it will notice no Movies on my computer and then back up without movies.  I do think they will be there in last months backups but I still am having second thoughts .... but more importantly  I have photos  that maybe I could do the same thing. 


I think I am having problems with 'backing up' what is on my computer or 'storing' on the external hard drive


Could anyone give me a hand to understand this?


Thanks   Chelleywell

iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.3), using Aperture 3
  • Niel Level 10 (298,663 points)

    If you're moving the files to a drive other than the one Time Machine is backing up to and the drive you're copying the files to isn't excluded in the Time Machine pane of System Preferences, you shouldn't run into any additional problems.



  • mende1 Level 10 (92,201 points)

    Welcome to Apple Communities


    You can do it, but caution with Time Machine. When your external drive is full, Time Machine deletes your old backups. The best way to store your movies in your external drive is to do a second partition in it

  • Ima Writer Level 1 (0 points)

    mende1, I just purchased a larger Time Capsule and have similar questions (I filled my smaller TC up). You mentioned partitioning...is that possible with a Time Capsule? If so, please elaborate as I have not been able to find instructions anywhere. Now I fear I have purchased a 3TB data backer-upper, when I was hoping to reserve at least third of that to partition off for general storage purposes. *Sigh*


    Also, how to transfer data (consolidate) from smaller TC to larger TC? I tried drag-and-drop, but get the message that neither disc may be modified.