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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 06:06 AM   #1
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Transferring Time Machine backups from external HD to another

Hi,

Just recently a cable for my external hard drive broke (covered by warranty but they have to send away the whole apparatus). Conveniently I have the same external HD at work so I could borrow a functioning cable to transfer my files. What is the best way to go about transferring the Time Machine data to my new external HD? I won't receive it until after I hand over the old one, which means I need to put the data in some intermediate space for a bit. I would really appreciate any guidance... I have this not-so-wonderful knack for breaking anything electronic just by looking at it.

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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 11:18 AM   #2
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just back up to the new TM drive. unless you have critical data that you have to retrieve from the old back up? if so, do it now, and so a fresh back up.
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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 11:23 AM   #3
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Time Machine backups are non-transferrable as far as I know. If you move the backup from one drive to another, TM will not use it and will start all over again from scratch.
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According to the Shirt Pocket Web site, you can clone Time Machine backups to a different drive.

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According to the Shirt Pocket Web site, you can clone Time Machine backups to a different drive.

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Keyword: Clone. (Super Duper, Disk Utility, etc.)

If you manually drop and drag TM backup folders, this will not work.
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