Upgrading Time Machine Ext HD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sstark, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. sstark macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2009
    I am upgrading my current WD Passport (which I use for Time Machine) to a WD Studio Ext HD. This also will be used for Time Machine.

    I would like to copy the old Backup files from my current HD to the new HD - is there anything I need to be aware of for this or do I just copy the "backups.backupdb" folder to the new HD?
  2. PeggyD macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2007
    Covington, WA, USA
    You can copy the existing backups to the new drive using Disk Utility.
    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.
  3. sstark thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 20, 2009

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