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Time Machine not showing Latest backup in Restore.

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Jan 11, 2013 9:13 PM

I recently bought a MacBook Pro and want to convert my latest TM backup from my old iMac to my Macbook Pro.  I plugged in my imac's Time Machine to the MBP.. When I COM-R and do a Restore it shows my latest backup is Nov 18,2012!!  Today is January 12, 2012.Why wont it show the latest backup?? I know my TM backs up daily?!? 

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  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (55,165 points)
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    Jan 11, 2013 9:17 PM (in response to ejs71)

    For all things TM... See Pondini's excellent information here...

     

    http://pondini.org/OSX/Home.html

     

    In particular... FAQs and Troubleshooting...

     

     

    Perhaps... Would you like to inherit (or re-use) the Backup . . .?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,825 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 11:18 AM (in response to ejs71)

    What specifically do you want to do -- transfer all the data from the old machine, or just certain files?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,825 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 11:44 AM (in response to ejs71)

    On the iMac, enter Time Machine and look at your most recent snapshot. Does it include the System and Applications folders at the top level of the startup volume?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,825 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 12:09 PM (in response to ejs71)

    Yes, that's what I mean. Is there no System folder in any of the snapshots?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,825 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 12:35 PM (in response to ejs71)

    Select the icon of the startup volume ("Macintosh HD," unless you gave it a different name) in the sidebar of a Finder window. Open it. Inside you should see folder named "Applications" and "System". Now enter Time Machine. Are those folders also in the snapshots?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,825 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 1:05 PM (in response to ejs71)

    That's right, and that's also why you (fortunately) can't see the snapshots in Recovery view. I say fortunately, because if you had done a full-system restore, you'd be unable to boot the new machine.

    This simple procedure will clear your Time Machine settings, including your exclusion list. If you have a long exclusion list that can't be recreated easily, you may prefer a more complicated procedure that preserves the exclusion list. In that case, ask for instructions. Otherwise, do as follows.
         
    Triple-click the line below to select it:
      
    /Library/Preferences/com.apple.TimeMachine.plist
      
    Right-click or control-click the highlighted line and select
       
    Services ▹ Reveal
       
    from the contextual menu. A Finder window should open with a file selected. Copy it to the Desktop. Then move it (the original, not the copy) to the Trash. You'll be prompted for your administrator password. Reboot, recreate your settings in the Time Machine preference pane, and run a backup to test. If TM now performs as expected, delete the file you copied to the Desktop.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,825 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 2:41 PM (in response to ejs71)

    It's the list of files you want to exclude from being backed up. If you don't know what it is, you haven't excluded any files, at least not intentionally.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,825 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 3:16 PM (in response to ejs71)

    should I do a Restore from disk, or use Migration?

     

    Ideally, neither. You should use Setup Assistant, which runs automatically the first time you boot the new machine. If you've already booted it and set up an account, it's too late to do that, unless you erase everything and start over. The alternative is to use Migration Assistant, but then you'll get another account in addition to the one you already have. All your files will be in that account. You can keep both, if you wish, and use the first account only for administrative tasks such as installing software. Otherwise you'll have to copy the files from one account to the other.

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