Copy & Paste a Time Machine backup to another hard drive?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Imola Ghost, May 21, 2009.

  1. Imola Ghost macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    I was wondering if I could just copy & paste a recent backup thru Time Machine to another external hard drive?

    I have a hard drive that's failing and I need to return it, so I must get the backup off of that drive and put it another hard drive I have. I guess I could just back up thru Time Machine onto this newer drive but I thought it would be faster just to copy & paste it.
  2. MacRUK macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2009

    It's not just the recent items that are backed up, TM has the history of all items, so...

    Backup using TM onto new HDD.

    If it's failing, also you may get a corrupted copy. Not recommended at all.

    And don't forget to wipe thoroughly (7x at least using Disk Utility) the failing HDD before returning it.
  3. Imola Ghost thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 21, 2009
    OK, thanks!

    I'm still learning, I've got 7 days with a Mac!

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