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.