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10.5: Reconnect Time Machine backup after drive swap
Authored by: only_solutions on Feb 19, '09 09:22:48AM
You probably had it make an identical disk copy block-by-block which does indeed keep the connection to the backup but it could produce problems when both drives are present at the same time or alternatingly while the "hinted" solution still keeps them apart properly.

If it's just about 1:1 replacement with immediate removal / erasing of the old partition, that is certainly an option if you're really careful. It would get problematic when you chose to swap the drives again later on — Time Machine would then "back up" the difference between the newer drive and the older one, probably "removing" all the files in the newer backup which you had created since the switch to the new drive. And Jobs only knows what would happen if both drives were present at the same time!

In my case I simply wasn't inclined to spend another several hours on a new copy of the disk after I had already been through it with Disk Utility.

There just had to be another way around the problem, and indeed there seems to be! ;-)

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