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10.5: Another way to archive Time Machine backups System 10.5
I recently updated my updated my MacBook with new hardware. I used Disk Utility to "restore" my old drive onto the new drive. This worked great, except that Time Machine uses the MAC address to uniquely track Time Machine backups. Perhaps there is a way to convince TM to use my existing TM backup, but I couldn't find an easy way (if you know, please comment). However, I wanted to preserve my older backups.

This hint provides one method, but I wanted to archive only 60GB of TM data on a 500GB external, and did not want to use the whole 500GB or repartition (which a restore would have required). Most methods of copying TM backups will fail due to TM's hard links. However, in Disk Utility it does work to select the TM drive and choose 'New Image From disknnn.' I saved this as a read-only image on my 500GB external. I could then use this image with TM's 'Browse other Time Machine disks...' feature (after mounting the image, of course).
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10.5: Another way to archive Time Machine backups
Authored by: DEMON on Jan 28, '08 09:11:11AM

It is one of the many ways to do it. Why not simply divide your 500GB external drive into two separated partitions? I did it with my 500GB external drive and it works great.



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10.5: Another way to archive Time Machine backups
Authored by: alxalx on Jan 28, '08 12:36:41PM

I tried to follow the instruction in this hint, but Disk Utility can't create an image. It says that "the resource is busy." I even tried to temporarily turn Time Machine off.



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10.5: Another way to archive Time Machine backups
Authored by: rethas on Jan 30, '08 07:08:39PM

I bought a Seagate Free Agent Desktop (500 GB) a week back. I use a macbook running leopard. I connected the hard drive to the laptop and now have 2 partitions on it- Windows (MS DOS) partition and Mac OS Extended (Journaled) one.

I use Leopard's Time Machine on the mac partition and use the other partition to copy stuff from my laptop across other computers, including Windows.

And now to the problem - My laptop keeps shutting down whenever there seems to be some activity(maybe writing) on the Hard drive. I have had numerous numerous abrupt shutdowns and this is quite concerning.

Has anyone experienced this before? Is this a known issue, Can I get a solution please!

Thanks.



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10.5: Another way to archive Time Machine backups
Authored by: dethbunny on Jan 28, '08 10:12:30AM

I actually just submitted a hint on how to resume making backups to a backupdb when your MAC address changes. It should make it through the queue shortly, I believe.



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10.5: Another way to archive Time Machine backups
Authored by: ptone on Feb 01, '08 02:51:34PM
See this hint for how to change your MAC address and continue using the same TM archive:

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20080128003716101

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