Removing OS X installation on External HD and then moving time machine backup

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by rockjamesroll, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. rockjamesroll macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2009
    Hello everyone. I am new to the forums and pretty new to apple machines as well. I have a question and I hope somebody here could help shed some light:

    I have an external HD that I use for Time Machine backups for my Macbook. I have installed Mac OS X on this same external HD as a bootable drive in case something happens to my internal HD. I just bought a new HD and I want to do 2 things:

    1) Move over Backups.backupdb folder which contains my Time Machine backups from old hard drive to new hard drive. I know the recommended method would be to clone the old HD using "restore" in Disk Utility. Now my problem is the old HD has OS X installed which I do not want to copy over to the new HD. Is there a way to remove the OS X install files? The reason being is item number 2 below.

    2) After I've moved the Time Machine backups to the new HD (without the OSX files), I want to be able to "convert" Backups.backupdb which was produced by Time Machine through a direct USB connection to a "sparsebundle" file (which would have been produced by Time Machine if I used the wireless backup from the start). I am not sure how I could achieve this, probably through another cloning method. The reason I'd like to "convert" to a sparsebundle is because I have a Mac Mini set up as an HTPC and I am thinking I can just share a hard drive over the network connected to the Mac Mini and do wireless backups of my MacBook via Time Machine. I do not want to lose my old backups.

    Does this sound achievable? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
  2. rockjamesroll thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2009
    Okay I've found some info regarding creating a sparsebundle and then copying the contents of backups into that file. Does anyone know how to get rid of OS X from an external HD? Is it a matter of deleting a bunch of files? Direct copying of the backups files to the new HD doesn't work.

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