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Transfer a Time Machine volume to a larger disk
Authored by: everkleer80 on Dec 17, '10 10:58:31AM

I don't know if it's documented or supported by Apple, but I found out that you can just use a sparse image for your backups on a local drive. As you know, TM will only create a sparse image for the backup if it's on a network volume, but if you just put that sparse image on the root of the drive you use for TM, then TM will automatically use the image for it's backups. The only caveat I've found to this is that to restore from the backup you have to manully mount the image and go to Browse Other Time Machine Disks. I don't restore files that often though so this isn't too big a hassle, and I have been using this solution for about a year now with no problems.



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Transfer a Time Machine volume to a larger disk
Authored by: ebernet on Dec 17, '10 11:46:16AM

Yeah, I don't want to do it in that fashion. I like the integration, for example, I doubt in that manner I'd be able to restore a lost contact from within addressbook.



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Transfer a Time Machine volume to a larger disk
Authored by: everkleer80 on Dec 17, '10 12:17:23PM

You can; I've done it... You still have to manually mount the image and choose Browse Othe Time Machine Disks, but if you do that while Address Book is active then the Address Book TM interface comes up, same as normal. I've even been able to use it to do a full system restore after booting from the SL CD - I forget how that worked but I remember it was fairly easy.

Third party programs like Time Tracker still work too. In fact, I haven't used Time Tracker in a while, but I don't think it required me to manually mount the volume.



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Transfer a Time Machine volume to a larger disk
Authored by: chucky23 on Dec 17, '10 02:27:17PM

"As you know, TM will only create a sparse image for the backup if it's on a network volume, but if you just put that sparse image on the root of the drive you use for TM, then TM will automatically use the image for it's backups."

That is VERY cool, everkleer80.

I've learned two highly useful things on this thread.



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