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Moving a TC sparsebundle to an external Firewire drive on iMac

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dnkmett Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Mar 27, 2011 8:20 AM
Hi

My 1 TB TimeCapsule is full. I share the drive with my kids and wife for backups only - wirelessly. I just bought a 2TB external drive to hang off my iMac with the idea of using it as my dedicated Time Machine disk. (letting the others keep using Time Capsule)

How can I move the iMac TC sparsebundle to the Firewire drive and resume using that existing backup via Time Machine on my iMac?

I've read many posts and solutions for going from Firewire to TC, but not the other way.

thanks
iMac - Intel Core2Du02.4GHz, 6GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.1), Time Capsule, AP Express, Extreme, iPhones 3GS, 3G, ipods, etc
  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,430 points)
    see #18 in [this_|http://web.me.com/pondini/TimeMachine/FAQ.html] user tip.
    27"iMac11,1/2,8GHz/12GB/i715"MBP3,1/2,4GHz/4GBMini3,1/2.26GHz/2GB, Mac OS X (10.6.6), TC 'sim-d' 500 GBAEBSn2x AX (b/g)ATV 40 GBTouch 2G iOS 4iPad wifi 16 GB
  • Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,430 points)
    27"iMac11,1/2,8GHz/12GB/i715"MBP3,1/2,4GHz/4GBMini3,1/2.26GHz/2GB, Mac OS X (10.6.6), TC 'sim-d' 500 GBAEBSn2x AX (b/g)ATV 40 GBTouch 2G iOS 4iPad wifi 16 GB
  • A. Heimert Calculating status...
    So this is scenario #2. Is it really as easy as copying the sparsebundle from the TC drive to the external attached to the TC?

    How does one tell Time Machine where the sparsebundle has been moved?

    (Snow leopard 10.6.7)
    24" iMac 2.93 Intel Core 2 Duo; 17" FP iMac 1Ghz, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
    A. Heimert wrote:
    So this is scenario #2. Is it really as easy as copying the sparsebundle from the TC drive to the external attached to the TC?

    How does one tell Time Machine where the sparsebundle has been moved?


    By selecting the new location via +Time Machine Preferences > Select Disk.+

    Note that if you copied the entire sparse bundle, it should be used only on a network. If you want to connect the drive directly to your Mac and continue backing-up to it, you need to copy the Backups.backupdb folder from inside the sparse bundle to the top level of the HD.
    24" iMac 9,1 2.66 GHz; 4gb; 640 gb, Mac OS X (10.6.7), dual-band AEBS
  • A. Heimert Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
    Right . . . in my case (and OP's), I'm looking to move the backup from the TC drive to an external USB drive connected to the TC.
    24" iMac 2.93 Intel Core 2 Duo; 17" FP iMac 1Ghz, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
    A. Heimert wrote:
    Right . . . in my case (and OP's), I'm looking to move the backup from the TC drive to an external USB drive connected to the TC.


    Good (I wanted to be sure).

    Just select the copy, on the USB drive, via +Time Machine Preferences > Select Disk.+
    24" iMac 9,1 2.66 GHz; 4gb; 640 gb, Mac OS X (10.6.7), dual-band AEBS

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