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    Hi Gang Im trying to Transfer Time Machine from my 1TB my passport for Mac to a new Passport ultra 4TB iMac (27-inch, Late 2012)10.14 Mojave Is there a thread you can direct me to Thanks Bob

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    See the following Apple KB article which shows how to do it:

    Transfer Time Machine backups from one backup disk to another - Apple Support

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    Thanks chscag, I've tried that method 3 times now! each time it fails on day3! There someone on YouTube that shows this method! but says he used superduper instead because it takes to long! Would you know where I can find the Superduper Cloneing Method? Thanks Bob

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    Actually there are two programs that can make a clone. SuperDuper is a cloning program: SuperDuper!

    There is also Carbon Copy Cloner: Mac Backup Software | Carbon Copy Cloner | Bombich Software

    Take note that neither of those programs are affiliated with Time Machine or Apple.

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    Thanks for the info chscag!,would you know how I can use one of these to move time machine from 1TB to 4TB?

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    Why not just start a new backup with the 4TB drive, and just store the 1TB drive for use “if needed”?


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    I wanted to Keep the 1TB for photos

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    I wanted to Keep the 1TB for photos
    Very fair point. But what you could do is, as Bob says, make a brand new Time Machine BU with the 4TB, let that continue to BU incrementally for, say, 3 or 4 days - then Erase your 1TB and store your photos.

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    Ian if I do that, how far back does this go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobmmor View Post
    Ian if I do that, how far back does this go?
    Not quite sure I understand your question; but if you mean that if you create a new Time Machine backup on the 4TB External Hard Drive (EHD), then the Backup (BU) starts there.

    But if you keep your 1TB Time Machine backup, it will be valid as a BU since the first time you created it.

    What I suggested was that you start a new TM backup which will start from today; you could let it create several hours/days of incremental BU, then Erase and Reformat the 1TB knowing that you had a working TM backup on the 4TB.

    Then use the 1TB for your photos.

    There doesn't seem much point in keeping TM backups which are months or longer.

    Your choice without doubt. I just suggested a way forward.

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    Thanks Ian.

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    If you want to keep those old backups and just add to them on the 4TB, use one of the cloners to move the backup. It will take a while because even though backup uses a lot of links and those are small files, there are a LOT of them to move. Test the clone, link to it, test that TM uses it properly, then once you are content, you can reformat the 1TB. (That's faster than erasing the TM backup. Again. LOTS of little files to be erased.)
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    Thank You Jake!

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    Post this question into Google. "How to archive time machine backups." then choose what seems seems best for you.

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    Thanks Michael, This is one answer I found! "Time Machine stores its backups as plain files and folders. All you need to do is go into Backups.backupdb/yourComputerName/ and you'll be presented with a set of folders named in yyyy-mm-dd-hhmmss format. Simply locate the most recent (or sort them - the most recent will be at the bottom, thanks to its name) and copy it elsewhere. You can then delete the Backups.backupdb folder or wipe the entire drive as you wish." Can you explain what they mean by (and copy it elsewhere)? Can I just drag and drop to my new Passport? Thanks Bob

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