Using old Time Machine Backups with new Airport Extreme

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Corrode, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. Corrode macrumors 6502a

    Corrode

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    #1
    Hey, searched but couldn't find an answer.

    Been using Time Machine with a little USB external. Bought an Airport Extreme and wanted to do wireless backups. I plugged this into the Airport and the disk is found, but when it goes to back up, it wants to create a new Time Machine backup from scratch.

    Is there any way around this? I would prefer not to delete all my old backups.

    Thanks in advance for the help.
     
  2. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    Wireless backups and wired backups are saved slightly different AFAIK. Backing up to a Time Capsule for example, generates a sparsebundle (like a disk image) within which is your Backups.backupsdb folder. On your USB backup volume its just a Backup.backupsdb folder. Since there is no way as far as I know for the OS to change the path and put the folder into a sparsebundle due to the changed configuration, it makes sense that it has to create a new backup...
     
  3. Corrode thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Corrode

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    Shoot, okay that makes sense. Can anyone confirm?
     

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