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I have two external drives attaching to my Mac, one for file storage and one for time machine. The latter one keeps the TM backups of the former one. If someday I lost the former one is it possible that I could just buy a new drive and restore the data back to the new drive easily?

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Yes. Enter Time Machine, select the item to be restored, then press control and select "Restore" from the on-screen button. You'll be presented a finder window in which to select the restore destination. More at Pondini.

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  • Thank you David, I just can’t make the comfirmation when it comes to external drive.
    – igonejack
    Nov 7 '17 at 17:21
  • If the external disk target doesn't show up in the Finder, make sure your Mac's Finder > Preferences > Sidebar has the "External Disk" box checked. Nov 7 '17 at 17:37

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