Help me figure out Time Machine and switching drives

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MacAndMic, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. MacAndMic macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2009
    I currently have 2 external HD's. One is 500gb that I currently use for time machine but it is very close to running out of space. I would like to replace it with another external HD I have that is 1 TB but I happen to have close to 400gb of windows stuff on it already that I need to keep.

    I could copy the 500gb to a DVD but file permissions always get screwy?

    If I winged it, I could just connect both drives, format the 500gb to NTFS and then copy everything from the 1TB to it. Then format the 1 TB to be used with Time Machine and do a backup. Seems easy but probably not the most responsible way as I fear if a file were to be corrupt durinf transfers, I'd never get it back.

    Any opinions? Thoughts? Tried and true methods?


  2. Jolly Giant macrumors 6502a

    Jolly Giant

    Sep 15, 2010
    Hamburg, Germany

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