Time Machine Continuing Backup

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Quattro72, Sep 10, 2010.

  1. Quattro72 macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2010
    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 68020


    Oct 30, 2008
    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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