Merge multiple Time Machine backups?

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  1. CrEsTo macrumors 6502

    CrEsTo

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    Hi folks,

    Having used several Macs throughout the years, I've ended up with a number of Time Machine backup files on my 2 separate hard drives.

    Is there a way to merge them all into one huge backup file? I've tried using a tool called 'Back-In-Time 3' that allows me to manually restore files from separate TM backups but it's a pain as I have thousands of files.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    You don't want to do that. That's a history of backups over time.
     
  3. Tomorrow macrumors 604

    Tomorrow

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    Doesn't this pretty much defeat the purpose of Time Machine? :confused:
     
  4. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Time Machine wasn't set to that. If you are semi or pure professional then look at a cloning utility like Carbon Copy Cloner or ChronoSync backups then the consumer Time Machine.
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    There is no way to do that. You would have to restore the data you want from each backup set then make a new TM backup with all the data in one backup.
     

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