7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 1, 2012 2:19 PM by TomToonz
grantfromcanton Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

What should i back up time machine with?

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (47,175 points)

    If you want to you can clone the TM disk with either CCC or SuperDuper to another drive.

     

    Allan

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
  • TomToonz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    MobileMe is closed, so is there a new link to this apparently informative webpage?

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
  • TomToonz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Since installing Mountain Lion (10.8.2) on my 27" iMac 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 (12 GB 1333 MHz DDR3), I used Time Machine for the first time, using a 3 TB external HD made by Seagate. My oldest TM backup is from 05/15/12.

     

    A brother of mine bought the same model of Seagate 3 TB drive about a week before me, and it suddenly packed it in within 5 months.

     

    Then I got the Apple recall notice about replacing the Seagate drive built into my iMac. So I need to back up everything before I take the iMac in for replacing the HD, but I am now paranoid about Seagate HD.

     

    I bought a 3 TB Western Digital HD which I would like to move my Time Machine backup files onto so that I am not starting again from scratch, losing the backups going to May 15th. I plan to back up my iMac files onto the WD drive as well.

     

    How can I smoothly transition my Time Machine files to a different external HD so that it becomes the new default backup drive?

     

    Thanks in advance ...

     

    - Tom

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)

    TomToonz wrote:

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    How can I smoothly transition my Time Machine files to a different external HD so that it becomes the new default backup drive?

    See Time Machine - Frequently Asked Question #18.  You'll need the first option in the How to section, but read the earlier stuff first.  Depending on how large your backups are, that may take a very long time.

     

    However . . . for maximum safety, a better bet might be to continue backing-up to the Seagate with Time Machine.  It's a different model and/or build period than the one inside your Mac, and unlikely to have the same problem.

     

    For your "secondary" backups to the other drive, you might want to use a different backup app, per the green box in #27 of the FAQ. 

  • TomToonz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your prompt and helpful responses, and for the detailed FAQ sheet.

     

    Cheers!

    - Tom