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.



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!