Can Time Machine move OS between hard drives?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by wgilles, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. wgilles macrumors 6502

    wgilles

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    Well my HD is having some issues and I needed a bigger one anyway so I decided to get a 320GB WD hard drive. I have my OS currently backed up using Time Machine on a WD external drive. When I install my new OS, can I simple plug in my Time Machine drive after installing OSX and restore it?
     
  2. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    You should be able to, yes. Provided TM was doing a complete backup. It's going to take a while, though.
     
  3. wgilles thread starter macrumors 6502

    wgilles

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    Yeah I have it set to backup the entire OS X content. Thanks. Well if it doesn't work I guess I could just manually copy everything over from there.
     
  4. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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  6. Amdahl macrumors 65816

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    Even better...

    When the OS X DVD boots, go to the Utilities menu and select Time Machine. It can restore your backup directly to the new hard disk, without doing a plain install first.
     
  7. wgilles thread starter macrumors 6502

    wgilles

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    Sweet, that will work.:D
     

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