Hello forum peoples.
I have had a Powerbook G4 for the past 7 years and been using Time Machine to backup. Now I've just bought a new Macbook Pro and have decided to start afresh and not migrate my files to the new computer, instead bringing across files as I need them. Also, I have a new external HD set up as Time Machine for my new laptop.
The issue is that I still want to use my old Time Machine HD as an extra storage space on the new computer but all the historical backups from Time Machine are taking up most of the space. For the archival backup of my old computer all I need is ONE copy of each file. I imagined that consolidating all the backups into one would be a pretty obvious requirement but it seems otherwise.
I understand that because of the incremental way files are backed up with hard copies that you cant just jump into the TM folder and delete older backup folders. I have also just spoken to Apple support line and they said what I am asking for is not possible and I will have to keep all the backups. However they didn't seem sure about it atall!
I have also had a look at Carbon Copy Cloner and notice it does have controls which say 'automatically prune archived content' and you can tell it to delete/prune backups older than X date . This sounds like it would do the job, but I'm just concerned that all that will do is delete the backups in the same way as if i manually put the old backups in the trash and similarily mess up the newest backup.
Can anyone please confirm if there is a way of consolidating the backups which will not mess up the structure and damage the remaning backup.