I have a 2010 MBP connected to a 500 GB external hard drive for time machine backups. There are 2 internal hard drives in the MBP... a 500 GB hdd, and a 32 MB ssd drive. I can boot from either hard drive, and run Time Machine backups while booted from the 500 GB hdd. The Time Machine backup file is the only data on the external hard drive.
When I do a Get Info from the external (firewire drive named "miniStack") drive, here is the result:
Note the size of the disk... 500GB. Now, when I Get Info on the backup folder, here is the result:
Notice that the Where statement shows the file is located on the /Volumes/miniStack volume. My question is, how can a folder 950 GB in size reside on a 500 GB drive; a drive that states only 353 GB of the 500 GB are being used? Am I missing something really simple here?
Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
I discovered the answer when I used Carbon Copy Cloner to copy the backup instead of the Terminal. CCC has an option for block copy instead of file copy. Using that option resolves the issue.