MacBook Pro :: How To Copy Time Machine Files To Another External HD

May 6, 2012

I would like to copy the data I have in my time machine to another external HD so that I have two backups; one I can store offsight and one I can have connected to my computer.Can this be done and if so, how does one do it?

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MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2009), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Dec 15, 2009

I am looking for a backup solution other than Time Machine to back up files incrementally to an external drive. I like the concept of TimeMachine and would like to use it; however, I have significant work that must be accessible to PC sys/appl, so I cannot format it apple-journaled (FAT32 appears best r/w solution for multi-platform). AppleCare advised there is no other incremental solution than that, and thus they don't have a solution I "search the web". Discouraging news for a recent migrator.

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Jun 21, 2012

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Dec 4, 2009

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Dec 10, 2014

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MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)

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Jan 14, 2009

I've got an external drive that was a Time Machine backup drive. It's at the police station as evidence for something and they will not let me take it back. However, they will let me come down and make a copy of it. I might only have one shot at this so I'm trying to think of the best way to do it successfully and quickly.

Can I just bring another external with me, my Macbook, and then copy the files from the Time Machine backup external drive to the other external drive? If so, what is the facility for doing this quickly? I'm kind of new at Macs and am unsure. I do not have an extra Mac that I can simply use Time Machine to restore to to replace it's contents.

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Oct 21, 2010

I have a Macbook Pro 13.3" running 10.6.4. I've had this computer for a year now and I have always wondered. Can my 500 GB Toshiba Hard Drive be used for Time Machine and for storing files at the same time?

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Dec 14, 2010

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Aug 23, 2010

I was trying to set up my Time Machine to an external hard drive. I didn't continue because it asked to "initialize" the hard drive which I had a lot of important things on.

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Jun 9, 2010

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May 25, 2012

I backed up my iMac desktop at work onto an external hard drive.  I can see the files, but they are all locked.  When I go to open, I receive the following message "The folder (whatever the name is) can't be opened because you don't have permission to see its contents."  I understand that the system I want to transfer to is different, but is there -- shouldn't there be an override asking for the password. 

Since I am the administrator to both systems, I would hope I could see the documents that I created. 

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Time Machine, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Aug 31, 2014

I have a time machine backup I need to restore.  It's a backup from an external drive that has failed.   

When I go "enter time machine," I can't see the contents from the external drive anymore to restore it.. because the external drive isn't mounted.  It's not mounted because it has failed.  I can see when I browse the TM backup directly via finder there are files from the amounted drive in the backup... as I'd expect.   

So... How do I restore drives from an unmounted external drive? 

Do I need to buy a new drive and name it the same as the old drive?  Then will it show up? 

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Mar 14, 2012

I want to drag files to an external hard drive as a hard copy. I have already set up "Time Machine".

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May 26, 2012

I have had both my MacBook and external hard drive for over three years now, and have never had a problem. In the last week, my external hard drive stopped letting me copy files onto it. When you try to drag and drop it just comes up with the blocked symbol. I have tested this with other hard drives as well and keep getting the same error. I've read other forums where it seems the answer is just to reformat the hard drive to the correct format, but I've never had a problem before so it seems strange that the format would just suddenly change. 

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MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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Jun 9, 2012

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MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2013), OS X Mavericks (10.9.1)

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Jul 17, 2010

As of today, I upgraded my iMac (and eventually my Macbook) to Snow Leopard. I used Carbon Copy Cloner to create a clone of my drive to my external (I did a clean install) and now that Snow Leopard is installed, I only want to put back on to my computer just certain files, such as a select selection of my documents, some of my iTunes library, etc. Given that I couldn't find that option in Migration Assistant, I just manually copied over what I wanted from the clone on my external. Still, I would like to keep a daily backup for my iMac's HD and that's where Time Machine comes in, but there's some questions I have before I do it: Given that my iMac's HD now has significant free space (as I only brought back, say, 10% of the stuff to my iMac from my external when I cloned on CCC), if I enabled Time Machine to back up my iMac's HD stuff, it wouldn't overwrite the 90% of stuff on my external with the 10% that's on my iMac's HD, would it?

For instance, I have about 20,000 songs on my external drive, but maybe have brought back only, say, 5,000 to my iMac (for now). Given that my iMac's iTunes Music folder shows 5,000 songs on it, when TM backs that up to my external drive, it won't overwrite the other iTunes Music folder which has the other 15,000, right? The same thing could be applied for documents, photos, etc. If not, how would TM deal with that? I would hope to avoid the other extreme, which are duplicate files/folders. I guess I just want to be able to have the ability to get into that cloned drive on my external if I need to add more stuff to the iMac or if I need it one day to boot up the machine. But I also want to be able to have Time Machine at hand to back up daily the little that is on my iMac right now. So I suppose I'm wondering how can I achieve this without the two conflicting or screwing up?

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Dec 30, 2009

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Aug 20, 2010

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Sep 2, 2014

I bought a larger Time Machine hard drive and now I need to copy the old Backups.backupdb file onto the new drive.  

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How, exactly, do I "enable ownership"?

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Mac Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4)

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Jul 3, 2009

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Jun 25, 2014

I can't copy a Time Machine backup file (Backups.backupb) from one external hard drive to another. Both hard drives are Seagate 1TB Backup Plus. The Backups.backupb file is about 275GB. When I try to drag and drop the Backups.backupb file from one drive to the other (which I've tried three times) it to begins copy but after about 3GBs are copied I get a message that says "The operation can’t be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code -50)." 

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Sep 9, 2014

I have a 2TB Time Machine drive that has failed (directory errors). Disk Utility, Disk Warrior and Data Rescue 3 didn't work. DR3 showed the directory but can't restore it. Can I manually restore the backup folder (backups.backupdb) ?

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MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), 17 inch i7 Late 2011

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My question is how do I copy all files from an external USB hard drive automatically everytime it's connected

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Jul 7, 2010

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