Temporarily switching computers

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  1. jj5406, May 12, 2016
    Last edited: May 12, 2016

    jj5406 macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2012
    I just posted this in the macbook pro forum, which seems more appropriate. I can't see how to remove it from here

    I need to send my MBP running Yosemite out for repairs, which could take several weeks. In the interim, I would like to "restore" my system from my time capsule backup onto a loaner computer and use that, so that everything from my old computer will be there and where I expect it and everything should work as I expect it to. When I'm done, I would like to do the reverse of that operation, so that any work I've done or changes I've made in the interim will make it back on to my old computer.

    I am thinking that I can achieve this by booting with command-r and restoring from the time capsule to get my old system onto the loaner computer and then just use it as "normal". I feel that if I do this, the loaner should basically be a clone of the old computer, and therefore, when it does *its* routine backups to the time capsule, it should just continue using/adding to the sparsebundle for the old computer.

    I get the feeling that it's not quite that simple though. The loaner computer may want to do its backups to a different sparsebundle, etc. I read somewhere about using "tmutil inheritbackup", but after reading the man page on that, I'm not sure if there are also other steps that would need to be taken.

    Can someone help me out with the simplest way to achieve this goal?


  2. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    If you are able to restore a Time Machine backup, then the Time Machine inheritance will normally be taken care of as well. Time Machine does this itself. This will only really be a problem when you are not even able to restore your Time Machine backup in the first place, but then you would of course know about it beforehand.

    See here: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH18860?locale=en_GB
  3. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Contact a mod who should be able to move/merge it for you.

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