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How Do I Transfer All My Backup Folders From Old TM To New External Drive?

my 1 Tb TM (Time Machine) was almost full and I purchased new 2Tb external drive. I followed the steps, by apple [https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202380], exactly to transfer the backup folder from the old TM to the new eternal drive and it lasted about 22 hours to complete. I noticed that at the end an error message popped up “operation can’t be completed because the backup items can’t be modified”, and I noticed that it copied backup folders from Oct 2017 to Nov 2018 to the new external drive, and I started using it as a TM and did backup. Now, I’m missing from Nov 2018 till last backup (today). I tried to copy-paste them manually but I couldn’t.
can you help please!
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Mohamed Farahat

Comments: 5 Responses to “How Do I Transfer All My Backup Folders From Old TM To New External Drive?”

    2 weeks ago

    Honestly, I’ve never bothered with that. Instead, just start a new backup on the new drive. Keep the old drive around just in case you need to restore over the next few weeks. That’s much easier and cleaner. After a few weeks, your new drive will have that much backup and you probably have discovered if you made a mistake like deleting a critical file or anything. If you don’t need the old drive for anything, then just throw it in a drawer and you can keep those files even longer.

    Mohamed Farahat
    2 weeks ago

    Ok, I’ll do that and I’m thinking to put label on the old one to show “from..-to…” date! and another one on the new one starting from today 😀
    Thank you for your usual support and precious advices 💐

    Gill
    1 week ago

    My Time Machine backup drive says it is full and backups from August 2014 will be deleted. Does this matter or should I get a new hard drive?

    1 week ago

    Gill: Up to you. 2014 is quite a long history of backups. For most people deleting old backups to make more space is fine.

    Gill
    1 week ago

    Many thanks

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