Time passes, but it’s always good to back it up

The Time Machine program in my MacBook Pro refused to back-up my hard drive to my Seagate external hard drive.

The beach at Scarborough in England

The Time Machine program in my MacBook Pro refused to back-up my hard drive to my Seagate external hard drive.

Since the hard drive in my MacBook Pro was 500 GB and the Seagate external back-up drive was 1000 GB I assumed that the external hard drive was full and tired of shuffling around trying to find room. I went online to check the price, size, and availability of external hard drives. Guess who had the best price? Walmart. Yes, Walmart here in good ‘ol Port Alberni had a sale on a Seagate two Terabyte USB 3 external hard drive for $98. I went and bought one, came home and now had to transfer the info from the old Seagate to the recently purchased Seagate.

I unplugged the old external Seagate and plugged the new hard drive into my Mac. I then went into my applications folder, clicked on the Utilities folder and chose the Disk Utility application and re-formatted the new drive, selecting the option for Mac OS Extended.

I then proceeded to open the Finder window, in the sidebar I clicked on the icon for the new drive. My choice was Get Info from the File menu while I made sure that “ignore ownership on this volume” at the bottom of “Sharing & Permissions” section of the Get Info window is deselected (unchecked). Then I chose System Preferences from the Dock.

I clicked on the Time Machine icon and slid the Time Machine switch to Off. Now it was time to copy the info from the old hard drive to the new hard drive. I went to the Finder window sidebar and clicked on the icon of the old hard drive.

I then opened a new Finder window, went to the sidebar and clicked on the icon for the new hard drive. Now both the old and the new hard drives were side by side on my screen. Then I simply dragged the “Backups.backupdb” from the old hard drive to the new hard drive. I entered my administrator name and password and OK to start the copying process.

After the copying was finished I opened the Time Machine preferences window. I selected the new hard drive and then clicked on Use Disk. The Time Machine back-ups will now be saved on the new hard drive. That’s it—easy peasy.

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While we were in England we purchased two seniors rail passes for about $50 each—admittedly a bit pricey but now we could get 33.3 per cent off any train fare in England. So off we went on the wonderful English trains.

We went to Skipton for the huge all-day market and took a cruise on the canals in a long boat.

The next day we went to the huge indoor mall at Meadowhall, saw “the Golden Women” movie, ate a fantastic dinner at Carluccios Italian Restaurant.

We then took a few days off to recuperate.

Next on the list was a train trip on the Trans-Pennine Express to the wonderful city of Harrogate. We walked through the Victorian Shopping Centre to the cobblestoned streets of shops. Found an incredible old (1901) pen shoppe (of course I had to have a Lamy fountain pen to add to my collection of fountain pens).

We walked to Betty’s Tea Shoppe and had afternoon cream tea. We went to the beach at Scarborough and had a glorious day in the sun beachside, playing push-push two-penny machines and riding a fish boat in the harbour.

Any questions?  E-mail me at nsilverstone@telus.net or see me online at www.silverstonephotos.com.

Norman Silverstone teaches photography through North Island College and Eldercollege.

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