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    Making a Fresh Time Machine Backup After Snow Leopard Upgrade?
    A couple of weeks ago, I upgraded to Snow Leopard. Before upgrading, I made a Time Machine backup in Leopard, to my external hard drive. After a couple of days of trying out Snow Leopard and making sure all was functioning well, I ran Time Machine and added to the existing Leopard backup I already had. Time Machine seems to function fine, but my question is this -- Is it better that now I am using Snow Leopard, to format my external drive and make a fresh from scratch backup with Time Machine? My concern of course is, if I ever do need to restore my Macbook, that the current backup will work ok.

    What method did you use, and what do you recommend?

    Thanks,
    Kimber

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    If you are like myself and could care less about being able to retrieve data that you've deleted from last month/year/etc and/or previous versions of files, then you can do as I did - delete the old TM backup and start over again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    If you are like myself and could care less about being able to retrieve data that you've deleted from last month/year/etc and/or previous versions of files, then you can do as I did - delete the old TM backup and start over again.
    That is also what I do when I want a brand new fresh backup using Time Machine. Just delete all the old Backup data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    If you are like myself and could care less about being able to retrieve data that you've deleted from last month/year/etc and/or previous versions of files, then you can do as I did - delete the old TM backup and start over again.
    Plus 1 for deleting the old Backup.
    Actually I take the opportunity to "format the disk" which cleans up any disk errors or permission problems.

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    I had no choice but to reformat my Time Capsule after I was all set up on my new iMac. The backup from the old Mac took up too much space. I actually had trouble trying to delete the old backup for that Mac.

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    Great! This is the option I was leaning toward, for peace of mind alone.

    I'll make sure to format the drive and run a nice, new backup.

    Thanks again!

    Kimber

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