Suppose if I were to just view my Time Machine backup via Finder and just see its contents, no moving/renaming/deleting. Would just viewing the files affect my Time Machine backup and storing files inside backup.backupd? Because I just created a empty folder inside backup.backupd and I immediately deleted it.

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It's perfectly reasonable to manually navigate your Time Machine backup with Finder, even though you would usually use the Time Machine app instead of Finder. Whilst it's not something to rely on, Finder will prevent you from making changes to a Time Machine backup.

I'd avoid storing your own files in Backups.backupd — put your own files outside this folder, there's no need to put your own files within the backups directory.

  • I have edited my question. Dec 27, 2017 at 14:49
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    @nobody You can store files there, but why? You've got the rest of the drive to place files, put them elsewhere and leave the backup alone! Edited answer
    – grg
    Dec 27, 2017 at 15:01
  • Yes I know I should leave the backup folder alone but I am just interested. I am the type of person who likes messing around with system or crucial files. :) Dec 27, 2017 at 15:13
  • @nobody That's great and I definitely don't want to you be dissuaded, but it's fine to mess with system files because you have a backup. When you start messing around with your backup, unless you've got a backup of your backup, you're removing that safety net!
    – grg
    Dec 27, 2017 at 15:14
  • Yes you are right! Dec 27, 2017 at 15:39

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