Time Machine to Regular HDD storage

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by Dekema2, Aug 12, 2014.

  1. Dekema2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2012
    WNY or Utica
    I'd like to know how can I take my files I want that will fit onto my 128 GB SSD off of my Time Machine external HDD, without using Migration Assistant. I'd like to take everything out of Time Machine and put it in the other partition on my hard drive just for storage, and then delete the Time Machine partition and use it solely for backing up my MacBook Pro, and I don't know how to do this safely. Any suggestions on what to do?
  2. asriznet macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2013
    Let me get this right...

    1. You would like to have 2 partitions on the SSD of your MBP
    2. on the 2nd partition, you would like to store some of your personal files from your Time Machine Backup that is currently stored on an external HDD.
    3. afterwhich you would like to format the external HDD and start a new time machine backup?

    What kind of stuffs are u taking out from time machine?

    just a little unclear on what you planning to do...

    You can copy off the data from your Time Machine easily using finder, it's safe as that, just need to figure out the file structure and location of your files.

    refer to http://www.maclife.com/article/howtos/how_manually_restore_time_machine
  3. Dekema2 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2012
    WNY or Utica
    What I'd like to do

    I'll explain in detail:

    I got a new MacBook Pro the other day with a 128 GB SSD. My external HDD is 1 TB, which I got a few weeks ago, which has a 500GB partition for Time Machine, and a 500GB partition for extra storage and Yosemite beta testing for my Mac mini that I sold. I had hopes of migrating data from it to this computer with Migration Assistant, but I realized that I had more data on there than this SSD could hold. I still wanted some items on here, so I tried Migration Assistant, selecting individual items and it didn't quite work the way I wanted it to and the MBP hung on boot up. Long story short I had to wipe the new SSD and reinstall OS X. Now I just want to:

    1. Cut out the last backup from the old Time Machine (first 500 GB partition)
    2. Wipe and separate the second partition into two partitions, one for about 20 GB for Yosemite testing (with the limited time left to actually test), and the other for about 480 GB for general storage, including my ~220 GB file archive from my old Mac Mini
    3. Clear the old partition (old Time Machine) and use it for the new MBP Time Machine

    I would then pick and choose apps/docs I would want to move to the SSD, leaving about 50-40 GB left for just open space.
  4. NodheadSoftware macrumors newbie


    Apr 6, 2011
    This app might support your efforts:

    They say:"With Back-In-Time, you can discover any available data in the backup, and easily copy files and folder to any location of your choice."
    While you could browse the file system with the Finder, this might be a bit more comfortable?

    I hope this helps a little bit :)

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