Splitting Sphere While Keeping Smooth

Hello all! I am pulling my hair out trying to figure this out.

I am trying to break a sphere into pieces so I can animate them individually. However, the moment I break the sphere up, it no longer appears smooth. See reference pictures below.

Before:

After:

Is there any way to split the sphere into peices like this while keeping them smooth?

Hi. Perhaps via the Data Transfer modifier or something like:

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The data transfer modifier worked perfectly. Thank you so much!