Time Machine Continuing Backup

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  1. Quattro72 macrumors newbie

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    Does anyone know if you can continue the backup in Time Machine with another drive once you old drive is full?

    In other words, my current drive is full and I do not want to delete old files from what were backed up but wanted to continue the backup onto a new drive w/o having to backup everything again on the new drive.
     
  2. sjinsjca macrumors 68000

    sjinsjca

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    The recommended size of your backup volume is at least 2X the size of the drive(s) being backed up for a reason.

    Besides, having your backup spanned across two drives doubles the chance that a hardware issue will bork your backup.

    • Don't skimp on your backup drives.
    • Get big, capacious ones from a reliable brand.
    • Have at least two and rotate them; store them physically apart.
    • Keep your most valuable files and current work in a free Dropbox account (get one at http://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTQ3NzczNjk and I get a space bonus :) ). (Think of the folks in San Bruno whose homes spontaneously incinerated yesterday.)
    • Check backups for integrity now and then, too.

    If you go slightly crazy about backing up, welcome to the club, it's a good habit that will save you someday. It's a matter of when not if.

    Good luck!
     

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