possible to copy a time machine back up ?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by EricaV, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. EricaV macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2008
    I've been using a portable hard drive for my time machine back up so that I can travel with it. Since I've now run out of space on it and I'm traveling less I want to just use my server as a time machine back up- I'm not anticipating any problems setting this up.

    Apple care tells me that I cannot copy my old time machine file (the one on the portable hard drive) to any other drive if I want to free up my portable hard drive for other uses. In other words once your time machine file ends up on a disc it is forever to remain on this disc and thou shalt "forfeit" your old back ups if you want to use your drive/disc for something else in the future.

    does this sound accurate- any tricks for actually saving this data when you outgrow your ol' time machine drive ?

    Any/all feedback appreciated thanks !! Erica
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Use CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper to make a 1:1 copy to another drive.

    Btw, using TM via network will result in another backup method, as TM stores its content in one file, while a backup via USB or Firewire uses a folder and subfolders.
    Time Machine FAQ
  3. EricaV thread starter macrumors regular


    Sep 20, 2008
    Thanks for the info.


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