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HT201250 I have two macbooks. Can I backup both machines using timemachine on one external hard drive?

Update:11-30Source: network consolidation
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I have two MacBooks, both operating on different OS - Leopard and Snow Leopard. Can they both be backed upusing time machine onto one external hard drive?

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J D McIninch wrote:
Actually, it does both. However, if you use two machines with the same name, it can pose a problem. If you mount the Time Machine drive and open the backup db directory, you'll note that the subdirectories are arranged by system name. The information about the ethernet MAC ID is in hidden files.
Yes, as posted, to the user it's confusing  (and accessing your backups via the Finder is not recommended).
Time Machine knows which is which, and will back up each Mac to the proper folder.  When/if you want to use the "Star Wars" display to view or restore from either Mac's backups, it will show the backups for the Mac you're on.

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