2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 18, 2012 11:50 AM by Modesto Bruce
Modesto Bruce Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


Please bear with me on this long question....

For several reasons I reinstalled ML which involves erasing the HDD first.  I do have everything bakced-up to Carbonite and TM.  Carbonite is slow as molassess so I opted to try Migration Assistant/TM to restore my files.  MA does not allow you to choose an older (good) backup and the backup that was used was an incomplete one as evidenced by the photo library being incomplete.  Another poster had a similar question and the solution involved using the install disk.  There is no install disc since it was a download from the Apps store. 

Carbonite has a tendency to freeze-up during a long download.  Restarting it brings your download back to the very beginning.  I'm not happy about Carbonite.  I've heard of SuperDuper and seems to have gotten good reviews.



1.  Is there a method to access an older TM backup from MA?

2.  Is there a better option that Carbonite?

3. Is SuperDuper a good option for backups?


thank you, Bruce.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4), 8G RAM; 500G SSD
  • 1. Re: Restoring From Time Machine Migration Assistant (and other ??)
    John Galt Level 8 Level 8 (36,365 points)

    If your Mac shipped with a System Install DVD then boot from it and choose "Restore from Time Machine backup".


    If your Mac shipped with Lion already installed you should be able to use OS X Recovery. Boot while holding ⌘ R and choose "Restore from Time Machine backup".


    Either one should present a dated list of complete system backups from which to choose. Ideally it should be the most recent one, but if you have reason to believe it is incomplete (it should not be) then try an earlier one.


    You can also boot from a locally connected Time Machine backup volume. Make sure it is connected with USB or FireWire and boot while holding an Option key. This will invoke Startup Manager, from which you can select your Time Machine backup volume. It will present the same restore options as OS X Recovery.


    These options will be faster and should be less prone to difficulty than using Migration Assistant.


    Time Machine and "clone" software use very different philosophies. SuperDuper! is good, so is Carbon Copy Cloner. They are more customizable than Time Machine, whose customizable features essentially consist of an "on / off" switch


    Of course that is also its sole advantage over the others - it's boneheadedly simple to use.


    Forget Carbonite, as you learned it does not work well on Macs. I know of no similar offsite backup services to recommend.

  • 2. Re: Restoring From Time Machine Migration Assistant (and other ??)
    Modesto Bruce Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, John. I did restart/cntl-R and restore from TM. It's now restoring.

    I'll keep Carbonite since its already paid for but won't renew.

    Maybe give SD a trial and c how that does,,,,,