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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?”

    10 months 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
    10 months 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
    10 months 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?

    10 months 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
    10 months ago

    Many thanks

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