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July 29, 2011 / David Bleeker

Migrate Time Machine backup to new Mac in Lion

While Time Machine gained a couple new features in Lion, I’ve just stumbled across one (so far as I know, undocumented) new piece of functionality in Apple’s backup software that will have a lot of users cheering: You can now use a previous Time Machine disk with a new computer and inherit the entire backup history of the older machine. And it doesn’t even require a flux capacitor.

Given Apple’s attempt with Time Machine to make backups painless, the migration process is pretty easy: Plug your old Time Machine drive into a new computer and open the Time Machine preference pane in System Preferences. [read more]


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