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    Merge time machine backups
    Yesterday I moved my external HD from the USB port on my MBP to my new Airport Extreme USB port. When I restarted Time Machine, it started a new backup of the whole machine. So, now I have a backup that goes from when I bought the MBP to yesterday and another backup from yesterday forward.

    To access the old backup I have to dismount the HD from the AE, connect it to the MBP USB and manually look for files I need. Then reinstall the HD on the AE.

    Is there a way to merge the two backups into one?
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    In order to access data from the other backup try holding down the option key while launching Time Machine. In many cases it lets you choose the backup set that you wish to use Restoring Time Machine Backups on a Different Computer even Over SMB or AFP BigDiver.

    There is also some third-party software available that can do this and a bit more Back-In-Time (from TED). I haven't tried the program much but you can find a discussion of it at Back-In-Time 1.3.4 Review | Utilities | Mac Gems | Macworld
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    Thanks! That did the trick.
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    Glad it worked. I stumbled on that tip not to long ago but hadn't had a need to try it yet.
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