New MBP, how to move Time Machine to it?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by odinsride, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. odinsride macrumors 65816


    Apr 11, 2007
    I just got a new Penryn MBP to replace my old one, and was wondering how to move my time machine drive to the new machine? Can I simply plug it in and it automatically knows what to do with it? Or will I have to start over from scratch with time machine?

  2. PeggyD macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2007
    Covington, WA, USA
    I've moved my Time Machine backups to new, larger drives, but never to a new Mac. I think it might be possible if you named your new MacBook Pro the same as the old one. That might "trick" Leopard & Time Machine into thinking you are using the same Mac.
  3. jfull15 macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2008
    are all your files the same as the old MBP? if so, it should just be plug-n-play.
  4. Pees330 macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2006
    Las Vegas, NV
    I tried to move mine over when I got my MBP, but it couldn't get it to work. I was coming from an iBook so that could have had something to do with it. I ended up just starting a new backup. All of the backups from my iBook stayed in the backups folder, but a new one was made for my MBP. So you don't have to erase the hdd.

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