Transfering Time machine data

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by fried-gold, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. fried-gold macrumors member

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    Ok this might be a little difficult to follow..

    I've just got a new MBP. I'm in the process of backing up my old laptop with time machine, so that I can transfer everything to the new computer with the migration assistant. I will have just enough space on my hard drive to do this. However the external HD is only 160 Gb and I would rather have a much bigger drive to use with time machine, and use this device to carry other files around. I don't want to lose the old backup data though... Is there any way to copy back up data onto a new time machine HD?

    Cheers, Andy
     
  2. oculus42 macrumors 6502

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    You may be able to use SuperDuper! to clone the data to the new drive.
     
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  4. PeggyD macrumors 6502a

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    Make sure both drives are connected & then launch Disk Utility. Click on one of the drive names in the left column (the main drive icon, not a sub-icon) & click the Restore tab across the top (far right). Then drag the icon of the older/smaller drive to the Source field & the icon of the new drive to the Destination field & click Restore. I found it worked best with Erase Destination checked, which is not a problem with a brand-new drive. When this is done copying & verifying (at least 2-3 hours!), the new drive will have the same name as the old drive.

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  5. fried-gold thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the response guys. Peggy, I shall give that one a try. I'll let you know how i get on. Many thanks, Andy.
     

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