New hard drive vs time machine!

Hi, I recently upgraded the hard drive for a 750G on a macbook pro. Every thing went smooth and worked perfect. Except for one detail. I cloned the old drive to the new one and took it from there. Everything worked fine, but when I plugged in the Time Machine, it recognised the new hard drive on the computer and it doesnt let me acces to all my previos backups! Instead, it wants to do the initial back up, like the one it does when you use it for the first time.

Does anyone know how can I "tell" my time machine to stop doing this and let me access to all my back ups??


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The simplest way is to use Apple's Migration Assistant app to image your files to the new drive.

It leaves a stub file on your new HD that Time Machine will detect and the next time you use TM it will ask you if you want to continue the backup using this newer HD to backup from.

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The process you should have done was to do a final backup, swap hard disks and restore from Time Machine to avoid this situation.

This might work:

"The first way is to transfer the files to a temporary location on your hard drive, repair the permissions, and then transfer them to their desired folders. To repair the permissions you need to right click on the folder, Get Info, then in Sharing and Permissions open the lock and allow full Read/Write access to your User. Then go to Disk Utility, First Aid, and "Repair Permissions" on your hard drive. Once it does its work the files should be unlocked for your User, and you can put them where you want.

Another way which I found easier and involves less steps is to set up and log in as a "Root" User, which makes you a "super User" and gives you Permissions to do anything you want with any file. Obviously you can get into trouble in this mode, so only do it if you have some confidence that you won't mess anything up. When logged in as Root, you can move these files freely and put them where you want."


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