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Authored by: only_solutions on Feb 20, '09 07:53:31AM

I can see where you're coming from, but Apple apparently went the way of the lowest risk (at least on the face of it).

When you're presenting a new harddisk to Time Machine, it is treated like a different harddisk. If you could assign it manually to an older backup you could wreak real havoc in case that assignment was really a mistake.

So they apparently erred on the side of caution, restricting the possibilities to accidentally mash together what's in fact not the same thing. In my case I was certain enough that it should work okay and I assumed the responsibility for any undesirable outcome; But many users would block the support hotline and/or threaten to sue because of data that was at least apparently lost to them.

On the other hand I would have lost older copies on my TM backup drive if I had just let it make another entire backup instead of a compact incremental one. Neither solution is perfect, both have their flaws and risks.

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