Replace Time Machine Drive - re-use old one

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  1. Niko03 macrumors regular

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    Hi All,

    A - I want to replace my Time machine drive with a new higher capacity one. Thing is I don't really care to have all the old back-up history. Can I simply start fresh with the new drive - Any tricks? or is it just plug in the new hard drive, set it up in Time Machine, and go?

    B - I also want to wipe the old Time Machine drive and give it to my wife for her to use as a time machine drive for her new MBP. Any specific steps I should take?

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  2. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    A - Plug in the new drive and select it as the target drive in Time Machine preferences. If it's not already, make sure it's formatted as HFS+ (extended journaled) using the GUID partition map in Disk Utility.

    B - Format the old drive using Disk Utility and give it to your wife. Have her select it as the target drive in Time Machine preferences.
     
  3. Niko03 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I thought it would be as simple as that.
    Thanks for your help.
     
  4. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    Anytime, glad to help. Since switching to Mac, I've found that it usually is as simple as that :p In your case, even more so since you want to delete the old backups anyway.
     

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