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Old Jan 28, 2008, 08:36 PM   #1
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TimeMachine - Need to Change Ext. Hard Drive

Love TimeMachine. Recently I had to go back 2 weeks and recover from a problem. Worked great.

Mistake: When I started TimeMachine I used an external disk that was far too small. I have bought a 500GB Firewire disk and want to switch over . . . . but I don't want to lose the information on the smaller hard drive with which I started out.

Is there a way to safely move the backup data from the original small HD to the new larger HD? Can I just copy it over and turn the small disk off? Will TimeMachine recognize it on the new disk?

Any thoughts about where I might find the answer? Anyone tried this?

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Old Feb 4, 2008, 02:57 PM   #2
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I am also curious to learn how to do this...
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Old Feb 4, 2008, 03:03 PM   #3
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Here the info on moving TM to a new drive .. Linky....
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Old Feb 4, 2008, 03:05 PM   #4
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Here are few links to check out:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=394180
http://www.macosxhints.com/article.p...71128055047339
http://discussions.apple.com/thread....sageID=6408445

I think you basically need to clone the old drive to the new drive. Not sure if you'd need to delete hidden files like one of the posts said.

Please, if you do anything, come back and let us know what you did.

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