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No need for this!
Authored by: sunsetchaser on Jun 11, '09 07:30:55AM

I just spent a couple of hours banging my head against the wall because I couldn't believe Time Machine would handle a new drive so poorly!

Then, on a whim, I restarted my Time Capsule. Lo and behold, all my old backups appeared when I entered Time Machine. Backup status was missing -- no information about oldest backup, latest backup -- so I clicked "Back Up Now", and waiting 15 minutes while it said "Preparing backup". It did then start creating a new backup in the same location as the old backups, and entering Time Machine still showed all the old backups.

*However*, it said the size of the backup to be done was 99 GB -- about 25 GB less than the actual amount of data on my hard drive. Maybe that's everything but the OS itself? Who knows, but...

Bottom line is, no monkeying around in Terminal is necessary if all you care about is access to your old backups, *and* if you have plenty of space on your Time Machine drive. Looks like a simple restart won't save you from having to do another almost-full backup though.

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