If I partition my external drive into two parts, I'd like to be able to remove the partition at a later time in case I decide Time Machine should take up the whole disk.

Similarly, if I'm using Time Machine right after taking the external drive out of the box, I'd like to be able to partition the drive at a later time with the TM backup data still intact.

Which of the above two actually work?

  • Do you need to partition at all? You can have 'regular' files on the same volume as TM. TM will just use what free space there is. You can remove the files to another volume later on. – benwiggy Jan 5 at 18:41

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