So, to keep this story brief the 1TB HDD Ive been using as my backup drive for the past 3 years (3 years with macbook, 1 with iMac but anyway) is full, and Im fairly certain dying for that matter. To make sure I didnt lose all my backups I went out and bought a new 3TB drive. Well, I set this new drive up as my time machine drive, no issue there. It took awhile but it has now ran a successful backup of my iMac. However I want to have all my old backups as well (and the macbook ones for that matter) in case I need to go in and get an old file; this being a feature I love in Time Machine. I figured Id just go in, grab the old backups, and drag them onto the new drive but that doesnt work; claiming I dont have permission. Figuring it was probably just a fail safe I went into the info for both backup folders (the old drive and the new one) and switched the staff permissions to read & write. However I still get the same error message when trying to move the folders over. So, to sum everything up. Is there any way to transfer old TM backups to a new HDD? I just dont want my old drive to die (again, as I expect to happen soon) and then I find myself with no older backups.