Copying individual files and folders out of a Time Machine backup?

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by stanw, Feb 18, 2018.

  1. stanw macrumors 6502a

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    Are there any issues with going into a TM backup and copying folders and individual files from it to another Mac? Just want to make sure that by doing this it is not more prone to corrupting the backup or any files on it.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    This is where backups created with either CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper really shine.

    You can connect a cloned backup to ANY Mac and copy whatever you need from it: one file, many files, one folder, many folders, etc.

    Just remember (when you first mount up the drive) to go to "get info" (for the drive) and choose to "ignore ownership" (under sharing and permissions).
     
  3. Ritsuka macrumors 6502a

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    Yes you can copy whatever you want.
     
  4. stanw thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Do you need to choose "ignore ownership" (under sharing and permissions) everytime you plug in a cloned drive from either CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper into a different Mac? Does it not work if you do not do this or is there a higher risk of corruption of files?

    Thanks.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6

    Fishrrman

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    OP wrote:
    "Do you need to choose "ignore ownership" (under sharing and permissions) everytime you plug in a cloned drive from either CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper into a different Mac?"

    If you DON'T do this, you -may- run into permissions problems copying or opening files.

    The reason for doing it is this:
    When you set the "ignore ownership" checkmark, you can now copy anything (or almost anything) into the account you're using. When you do this the "ownership" of the copied files are now attributed to that account, and you shouldn't see any permissions problems when opening the copied files.

    So, yes, I consider it a necessary step to take anytime you connect a drive (that fell under the ownership of one account) to ANOTHER Mac that has a different account. This takes care of permissions issues before they start...
     

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