Do you know a way to copy HFS+ hard links to a folder on a HFS+ or NTFS drive?
Before you say it can't be done, I don't want actual backing up functionality of Time Machine, just the ability to restore files that have been backed up.
I have 2 time machine backups on an HFS+ drive, of my mac before it was formatted for a fresh install of Lion, one of which is the first backup ever. I have to give that drive away soon, but want to retain the backups so that I can go through the store of backed up files and restore any important files to my fresh installation. The only drive I have with the capacity to store all the data is NTFS formatted.
If I just copy the .backupdb folder to the new drive, will it work? Will it copy the hard links as well? When I plug the HFS+ time machine drive into a windows pc (with an HFS+ driver installed), it shows most of both files and folders as files of size 0kb. I assumed these were hard links, but the initial backup also contains numerous such folder-files of 0-1kb size, which doesn't make sense, since the initial backup should contain all files and folders as is.
Say I can just copy the backup to the NTFS drive, should I:
- Copy the folder in Finder
- Copy the folder in Windows Explorer
- Copy the folder using some functionality in Disk Utility or other such partition manager?