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Older backups "grayed out", can see them, but can't restore from them.  Help!

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Jul 22, 2011 3:53 PM

About a week ago, my hard drive started to fail (as what its S.M.A.R.T status was telling me in disk utility).  No problem, I'll take it to the Genius Bar, get a new hard drive, and restore my files from my June 21st backup.


I was running Snow Leopard, and I was able to verify and access my back up through Time Machine before I brought it into the Genius Bar for repair.


A week went by, picked up my computer, and being that I had a fresh hard drive, I upgraded to Lion.


So, now I am running Lion, and it connects to my Time Capsule no problem.


Problem is, is that I "sees" my backup from June 21st in the timeline on the right hand side, but I can't click on it.  It's somewhat "grayed out".  Which is making me nervous.  My TC has 230GC of data on it, so I know my data is there, but why can't I access it?


I have searched for similiar questions here in the forum, and some suggested that you use Disk Utility to verify and repair the drive, which I am doing now, but everyone who has done it says it didn't seem to fix the problem.


It still has 30 minutes left of verifying, so in the event that this doesn't work, what should I do?


The TC HD has 230GB of data on it, and it "sees" my back-up that I want from June 21st, but I can't access it! =(


Any suggestions would be awesome.  Thanks!


UPDATE: After Verifying, I got the following message, "The volume Time Machine Backups was found corrupt and needs to be repaired."  I am reparing it right now, and hopefully this will fix it!  Why does everything have to go corrupt all at the same time?!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)

    That may or may not work -- copying via the Finder may not handle the permissions properly.


    And do NOT do any Time Machine backups yet.


    The situation is, there's a new drive.  Even if it has the same name as the old one, Time Machine knows it's different, and the old one is no longer mounted.  You can see and restore selected items from the backups, per #E3 in Time Machine - Troubleshooting.


    You may have permissions problems with the files you copied, and the user account you set up may not have access to the backups. 


    If so, you need to create another Admin user account, log on to it, and delete all the others.  Then use Migration Assistant to transfer the user account(s) from your backups (and Applications, unless you've already reinstalled them).  See Using Migration Assistant on Lion for details.

  • mszig Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can you help me?  I have a problem similar to this...put events in imovie, got a new computer, transferred the files.  Somehow deleted the imovie events I now need.    I do use Timeline to an external drive.  I can see the imovie events I want, but the Restore button is grayed out.  I have restored other items from this in the past.  BUT fearfully I may have moved things around on the backup drive in my complete ineptitude.   Is there any hope for me to get these much need imovie events restored?

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)

    mszig wrote:

    . . .

    I can see the imovie events I want, but the Restore button is grayed out.  I have restored other items from this in the past. 

    Have you restored other things from the same backup, to the new Mac? 


    Can you select the item(s) you want?


    If so, it sounds like the iMovie project you saved, that included the events, is not on your new Mac.  If the location they were saved from no longer exists, the usual Restore button may not be enabled.


    In that case, you may be able to restore to an "alternate" location.  Try selecting the item(s), then right-click to get the Restore <items> to ... prompt, then select the location you want to restore them to.  If you're not sure, just select your Desktop;  once they're restored there, you can move them to the desired location.


    BUT fearfully I may have moved things around on the backup drive in my complete ineptitude.

    Normally, OSX won't let you move things in your backups.   Or did you move the Backups.backupdb folder?


    Is there any hope for me to get these much need imovie events restored?

    If that doesn't work, please post a screenshot of the item(s) in the Time Machine browser (Shift+Cmd+3 works there, but Shift+Cmd+4 doesn't), and supply any other info that may be pertinent.

  • mszig Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I learned a BIG lesson...when using Ilife products, don't go to the finder and move things around....I created a nightmare with my lack of understanding about how particular these systems all.  I will Never ever move ilife files around using the finder....BIG MESS.


    I did go to an old backup through time machine and was able to recover some of what I needed.  Not all, but some. 

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)

    I'm not sure just what you mean -- you can move some of them fairly easily:


    Moving your iTunes Music folder

    Moving your iPhoto '11 Library

    Moving iMovie '11 footage to another drive


    What are you missing?   I'm not very familiar with all the iLife stuff, so may not be able to help directly, but there are forums for them, with folks who know all the nitty-gritty.


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