Can you use your Time Machine on another computer?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tggivens, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. tggivens macrumors newbie

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    I have a 27' iMac desktop and a 13' Macbook Pro.

    The Macbook Pro was purchased in fall of 2009 and I haven't backed it up with my Time Machine since 2011 or so.

    I'm doing a lot of video work on my 27' and was wondering if I could just switch over my Time Machine to the desktop from the laptop.
     
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    If you don't mind losing all of your MBP's TM backup sure, simply reformat the EHD, connect it to the iMac and then turn TM on (System Preferences - Time Machine) and it will begin backing up. Is that what you are trying to do?
     
  3. scottsjack macrumors 68000

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    Yes. You can even backup both computers on Time Machine or delete the current backup and start over.

    My four-year-old 2TB TC backed up my just-sold Mac Pro. Now it is backing up my Dad's MBP. My current 3TB current-gen TC was backing up my mini, MBP and MP. With the MP gone I deleted that file and now it's backing up just the mini and the MBP. Additionally both machines also make a second back up via USB or FW. Those external drives have been used for various tasks for quite awhile.
     

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