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Question for Time Machine gurus

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brianpatrickhummel Calculating status...
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Apr 7, 2013 2:12 PM

Many months ago I was regularly backing up my computer to an external hard drive using Time Machine.  Much time has passed, I've moved several times and now I am not sure which of the numerous hard drives it was that I used for the backup.  Is there any way to retrieve  information that would help to identify the drive (make, model, capacity, etc....)  from some file in the OS or by using the command-line (obviously, without having the time machine drive connected)? 


I am running 10.5.8 on this Macbook (Macbook 1,1  Build 9L31A)

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,790 points)
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    Apr 7, 2013 3:20 PM (in response to brianpatrickhummel)

    Hi, what I'd do is turn off TM, connect the drives & check dates & files  on them.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,585 points)
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    Apr 7, 2013 5:48 PM (in response to brianpatrickhummel)

    If you connect the external disk to you Mac, and click on the HDD icon, the file structure should look like this:


    Screen Shot 2013-04-07 at 8.15.41 PM.png

    In addition, the HDD icon should eventually appear like the TM logo:


    Screen Shot 2013-04-07 at 8.16.15 PM.png

    This should allow you to identify the correct HDD.




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