I'm debating dragging all my files onto an external hard drive manually - rather than a time machine backup - and then pulling over any specific files I need if I ever need them.
Afterwards, I'll factory reset my computer, as I'm concerned it currently has malware from clicking on a bad link, though it's behaving normally/ I didn't download/run anything myself.
Will this prevent me from safely using the external drive for other things, e.g. a more legit backup portion after? Any other reason not to take this approach? (Macbook)