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MacBook Pro is 160GB, IMAC is 1TB & Time Capsule is 500GB

by Ashok_Rudy / August 13, 2010 2:18 PM PDT


I've been using a MacBook Pro for the last year and its practically full already. I've got the new iMac 27" and have been trying to sync all my info through time capsule.

My questions are :
1) Each time I save my info on time capsule and want to retrive on the new iMac, there are some pop ups that ask me to overwrite the previous files. Am I supposed to overwrite it?
2) As for the iMac how do I save the info back into the Mac Book Pro after I have updated it? Do I have to do it one by one or can time capsule also reverse the saving as the storage space is less?
3) As my screen is large (27") I'm tyring to enlarge the size of all the fonts. I've ,managed to go into preferences and do that but the URL's and tabs are still small. Any way to increase that?

Hope someone can advise me. Apple Care consultants dont work on weekends

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Time Machine
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 13, 2010 10:51 PM PDT

is not a sync device and does not function well when you try to make it one.

The best way of initially moving all you data from one machine to the other would have been to use Migration Assistant when your new iMac asked the question "do you have any data on another Mac or Time Machine disk"
That would have moved all your settings, accounts and data over to the new machine.

You can use the TM disk to create a TM backup for each of the machines, but they do not share. The catalog of saved files for the iMac will not match the actual contents of the MBP, and vice versa.

DropBox is a method of syncing your files. Another method would be to have a .mobileme account from Apple.

1. Overwriting files on the Time Machine disk is likely to come back and bite you when you need it. I would not advise it.
2. See the above about Time Machine
3. Short of using glasses, you could try zooming (System Preferences\Universal Access - Seeing)
In Safari, you can zoom by using the Command and +/- keys. Under View in the Safari menu, click on Zoom Text only, for a better result.

Hope some of that helps


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Thank you
by Ashok_Rudy / August 14, 2010 7:12 PM PDT
In reply to: Time Machine

Thanks for the detailed feedback. Very much appreciated.

Guess I'll get a separate time machines for each comp

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