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    Advice please on Time Machine backups

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    Advice please on Time Machine backups
    Hi
    I've just bought a new Macbook Pro, to replace an existing 2011 model.
    I've been using a Buffalo MiniStation as an external drive for Time Machine backups.
    Now that I'm using a new Macbook, which is up & running, can I delete the existing backup by moving the backup files on the drive to Trash, plug into the new Macbook and start with a fresh backup?
    Or is there a better way of doing this?
    Hope this makes sense, and thanks.

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    Advice please on Time Machine backups
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    If you no longer need the old backups from the Time Machine drive the best way to do this is as follows:

    Attach the drive to your new MacBook Pro, open Disk Utility, and erase the drive. The format should remain the same - HFS+. Now you can start over with Time Machine on your new MacBook Pro.

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    Advice please on Time Machine backups

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    I agree, start a new Time Machine
    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    If you no longer need the old backups from the Time Machine drive the best way to do this is as follows:

    Attach the drive to your new MacBook Pro, open Disk Utility, and erase the drive. The format should remain the same - HFS+. Now you can start over with Time Machine on your new MacBook Pro.
    I agree, it's better to erase the old Time Machine image and just start again. Also, in my experience Time Machine becomes very flakey with large files (ie those that take a long time to write/read), so consider excluding your movie collection from the TM image and back it up somewhere else.

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    Advice please on Time Machine backups

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    Many thanks. I've taken your advice and all seems ok.
    Thanks again

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