Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2012 6:09 AM (in response to mattrichardofyork)
You can't use TM like that - the file structure is unique.
Spend some time reading Pondini's TM articles here; http://pondini.org/TM/Home.html
From your description you should be able to re-install Snow Leopard (10.6) without affecting your applications and data, but if the cause is a full HD that won't work as you need at least 5GB of space for the installer to work in.
Fitting a new HD is the same as erasing the current one for practical purposes, and you should be able to restore from the last backup complete with data.
But for now, read how TM works and go through the FAQ.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 27, 2012 4:53 AM (in response to mattrichardofyork)
Update on this one...
I attempted to reload OS X and not enough space only 4.5 g and need 5.
So I used time machine to latest update 10th november so lost a couple of files at most
Sysem booted up first time no problem
Then on second boot I ot message again to restart so i tried PRAM not work, then I removed battery and pressed button for a few seconds and worked no problem
I then removed some files that I have onanother drive to make space 6.7g .
I then restarted 4 or 5 times and no problem - so it seems that if I have less than 5g on my hard drive i get problems....
LONGER TERM SOLUTION OPTIONS
Option1 - move stuff to another hard drive and make do with 250g hd - NO THANKS
Option2 - purchase a larger hard drive and use time machine to recreate mac on 1TB or 2 TB SATA drive
Q1. In apple store they sell 1TB and 2TB SATA drives but says Requires Mac Pro (Mid 2010) and Mac OS X v10.6.4 or later.I have 10.5.8 on possibly 2009 machine - will this really not work? Are there other drives that will work? [there are not any on apple store] but a PC World up the road i could go to if other HDs are compat
This one requires Mac Pro (Early 2009) or Mac Pro (Mid 2010) and Mac OS X v10.6.7 or later.
Option3 replace with solid state 500gb drive -
Q2 lots of extra costs - is it really much faster?
Q3 If i get a hard drive i will get at least 1TB and 7400 rpm - what size fits and what is good hd for 2009 model with 10.5.8?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 27, 2012 8:58 AM (in response to mattrichardofyork)
First lets clear any confusion here - you have a MacBook Pro - Mac Pro is an expensive desktop tower system. Those drives you linked to are for bay fitting, not laptops.
1TB, 7200rpm should be available, I think.
Check which exact model you have ( > About This Mac > More info > hardware Overview, and read off the model identifier - something like MacBookPro5.1 or higher I suspect.
Go to the OWC site and use the model table to find your exact model, then select the top radio button for HDs, SSDs etc., then click the Show Upgrades button.
Scan down through the list for suitable drives 2.5", 3.0Gb/s interface.
When you have a few options, check the UK stores for those models.
Your user manual even tells you how to change it - if you've lost it, download it as a pdf from here: http://support.apple.com/manuals/#macbookpro
SSD worth the money? For me, no; but others disagree of course.
Maxing out the RAM would be more useful.