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How do I restore files backed up to time machine to a replacement storage drive? (NOT System disk)

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I've seen plenty of articles about restoring the system disk (restoring the whole system) with Time Machine, but nothing about restoring a secondary disk that has crashed.


I've been doing backups of both the primary system disk and a secondary storage disk for 2 years. Yesterday, the secondary storage disk crashed. I have a replacement disk, now I need to restore the backup from Time Machine onto this new disk.


Can I just copy the files from the Time Machine disk to the new one, or do I need to do something more complicated? The instructions for restoring files from Time Machine all include selecting the drive/folder you want to restore, then entering Time Machine. But I can't do that if the original disk no longer exists.


I'm getting the replacement drive today, so I thought I would ask before I installed the drive. Any advice would be appreciated.



Mac Pro 5,1

OS X 10.6.8

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)


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