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  1. #31
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    Hi Dave,

    Transferring or copying Time Machine backups from current drive to new drive is easy enough - details here: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202380

    You then have two choices. Keep that as a historical BU or, more likely, add new Time Machine BUs to the copied backups as mentioned in the article (which you will notice is current).

    As a BTW, I've just had one of my two Time Machine EHDs die in the last 15 minutes. Just started a new BU on a new EHD - a few hours' work there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IWT View Post
    As a BTW, I've just had one of my two Time Machine EHDs die in the last 15 minutes. Just started a new BU on a new EHD - a few hours' work there.
    Good lord...I think we've heard from at least 2-3 members recently with dying/dead external HD's...and a lot of external HD discussions lately.

    Sorry to hear about the drive...but luckily it sounds like everything is under control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IWT View Post
    Hi Dave,

    Transferring or copying Time Machine backups from current drive to new drive is easy enough - details here: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT202380

    You then have two choices. Keep that as a historical BU or, more likely, add new Time Machine BUs to the copied backups as mentioned in the article (which you will notice is current).

    As a BTW, I've just had one of my two Time Machine EHDs die in the last 15 minutes. Just started a new BU on a new EHD - a few hours' work there.

    Ian
    Hi Ian - first, sorry to hear about the HD 'deaths' - RIP! I've had several die on me over the years - hopefully, you've recovered successfully?

    Another question for TM Gurus - just checked the 2 old TM drives mentioned previously - both started doing BUs in early 2013 - each is 1 TB and have less that 400 GBs free, so a LOT of data to transfer (vis a vis the link given above); plus, I don't really want data from those early years - can these 'bulky' TM backups to pared down, like eliminate the first 3 years or so (preferably on the old HDs to lessened the transfer time)? Again, thanks for any info - Dave
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    The only way to safely remove files from Time Machine, is to manually delete them while within TM. It is a time consuming process.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Good lord...I think we've heard from at least 2-3 members recently with dying/dead external HD's...and a lot of external HD discussions lately.
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    - Nick

    Add another, even though indirectly.

    My cousin bought over her 2008 MB that had died, deader than dead, but her backup dive was kaput and unreliable and as a consequence out of date. It looks like no repair will stick and is too unreliable to use.

    So I reformatted a spare I have to use as a backup and as a transfer drive to use with my old MBPro as a temporary measure until I can get her a replacement older Mac. (She really can't stand the recent OS X versions.) That almost worked until the drive quit communicating and not working properly.

    So, I shall carry on And see if I can't get her a working Mac to use.

    At least the original Apple/Fujitsu 120GB HDD was still operating that I removed to grab her current data. I may use it for a bit as a CCC backup drive, and it has sure done noble service and seems to be working well.





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    Well, just an update especially for those who may be going through the same decisions as brought up in previous posts - last night I worked on the old HD TM BU of my MBPro - backups going back to 2013 - reviewed comments in this Recent Article, suggesting that old BUs could be deleted using Finder - well, I deleted 3 years (2013-15) on the old drive - checked its storage which did not seem to change much? Next, ran Disk Utility 'First Aid' and after a half hour stated the drive was OK, but again half the 1TB space was still 'used' - ran TM which seemed to work - after doing a 'new' TM BU to my Samsung 500GB SSD (which just used about 100GB), I decided to simply reformat the old HD - I have the older years on my other TM drive, plus don't really need the dated info.

    SO, my next 'challenge' is the 1TB Buffalo Thunderbolt HD on wife's iMac - only 300+GB left (BUs date to 2013 from an old transfer in 2015) - plan to replace w/ my new 1TB Glyph HDD - again would like to just 'pare down' the old TM back to say half its size but seems there is not an easy and quick solution, i.e. delete w/i TM, use the TMUtil in the terminal, or other? The old HD is showing a problem on DriveDx - any thoughts? Thanks - Dave
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    The old HD is showing a problem on DriveDx - any thoughts? Thanks - Dave

    Is there a hidden question in there somewhere that I might have missed somehow...???





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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    Is there a hidden question in there somewhere that I might have missed somehow...???
    Hi Patrick - well, nothing serious at the moment - just a 'pre-failure warning' on the DriveDx app (pic below) - not really that concerned except if I want to 'change out' the HD w/ a new one, then how should the old BU HD be handled? I know from Apple's discussion (and Ian's previous link) that I could transfer the entire BU to my new Glyph 1TB HD BUT 2/3 of the storage would be used up, not a solution in my mind - so, just looking for other options - e.g. I guess the old BU could be transferred to a larger BU drive (3-4TB) and the Glyph started anew. The main point is I'm sure others are going through this process, and would like to know recommendations. Dave
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    Gee, just looking at that report, I think I would be a bit miffed to have a Buffalo drive starting to fail after only running six months and three days.

    I would think that would also be covered under warranty would it not???





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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    Gee, just looking at that report, I think I would be a bit miffed to have a Buffalo drive starting to fail after only running six months and three days.

    I would think that would also be covered under warranty would it not???
    Well, really frustrating here - I've not had that Buffalo HD attached constantly so you're seeing the last 'plug-in' time - going back to my previous pic indicates that the drive was first used at the end of 2015, so now 3+ years in action - no longer in warranty - but regardless of the 'age' of the HD, my point is being evaded, i.e. what is the best way to transition from an older TM BU HD to a newer one? Dave
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    the drive was first used at the end of 2015, so now 3+ years in action - no longer in warranty - but regardless of the 'age' of the HD, my point is being evaded, i.e. what is the best way to transition from an older TM BU HD to a newer one? Dave

    Sorry, I can't offer any good advice as I don't use or know much about Time Machine. Hopefully, some members that do will offer some of their experience and advice.

    Maybe just use CCC and clone the TM to a new drive and then tell TM to carry on and just use the newly cloned drive???





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