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Time Machine not showing Latest backup in Restore.

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  • PaulMeuller Calculating status...
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    Jan 15, 2013 7:37 PM (in response to Pondini)

    You're a good man.  A patient man.

     

    OK -- I went all the way through C12 and in Migr Asst still only sees my Wife's backups.

     

    TM is off.

     

    No disk images on desktop.

     

    Everyone is disconnected.

     

    Should I Restart and see if I have any luck seeing my backups in Restore Mode?

     

    I really don't know what else to do to be able to restore the computer to my 1/13 backup that we can see, but DU and MA, etc. can't. 

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

    PaulMeuller wrote:

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    Should I Restart and see if I have any luck seeing my backups in Restore Mode?

    I don't think so -- the backups seem to have been ok all along.

     

    But it won't hurt anything to give it a try.

     

    I really don't know what else to do to be able to restore the computer to my 1/13 backup that we can see, but DU and MA, etc. can't.

    There must be something wrong with the backups that DU can't find.  We see some occasions where MA won't see perfectly good backups, but in those cases the full restore does (as long as System folders were backed-up).

     

    I'm afraid your only option may be to restore things "piecemeal."  That may be fairly tedious and tricky, but since you said you could see the 1/13 backup via the Browse... option, it can be done. 

     

    Or, since you're in the area of some AppleStores, it's possible a trip there (with your Mac and TC) might be worth a try.  Generally, from what I see in these forums, they won't do it for you, but there's a chance they might be able to figure out what's wrong.  If you want to try that, make an appointment:  http://www.apple.com/retail/geniusbar/

     

    Think on it a bit and let me know what you want to do, and we'll regroup.

  • PaulMeuller Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I Option>Browse Other Backup Disks

    Get my backups to appear in the list

     

    Screen Shot 2013-01-15 at 10.53.34 PM.png

    Use my backups, enter Time Machine and now am getting red thingies next to some folders:

     

    Screen Shot 2013-01-15 at 10.40.04 PM.png

     

    So, unless you have something new to try tonight, or unless you tell me not to b/c Migr Asst is going to save our bacon, not DU, I am leaning towards restoring my machine to the December 2012 backup and starting fresh you and I in the morning.  LMK -

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

    PaulMeuller wrote:

    . . .

    Use my backups, enter Time Machine and now am getting red thingies next to some folders:

    That's because the user account you're using isn't recognized as being the same one as on the backups.  One user, even an Admin user, doesn't normally have permission to see another user's stuff.

     

    The cause is, I had you delete the original account so you could use MA and not have a conflict with the transferred account. 

     

    If you now re-create that account (with exactly the same name), it should be able to see the backups.

     

     

    So, unless you have something new to try tonight, or unless you tell me not to b/c Migr Asst is going to save our bacon, not DU, I am leaning towards restoring my machine to the December 2012 backup and starting fresh you and I in the morning.  LMK -

    Shouldn't be necessary, if you re-create the account.

     

    We caused the problem in a different way, but the pink box in Problems after using Migration Assistant has an explanation of the situation.

  • PaulMeuller Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 8:20 PM (in response to Pondini)

    little red circles are no matter given the hour and that we've been working at this since President Jefferson was elected (it seems to me, anyway).

     

    Before we regroup in the morning--I'll post here in ASC when I am able remain uniterrupted again -- is there anything I should do tonight? restore back to December, for example.

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

    Was any of your stuff in your home folder after the restore?  I thought you said it wasn't -- but if some was, yes, restoring will mean less stuff to do piecemeal. 

     

    If not, restoring probably won't gain anything more than just re-creating the user account.

     

    Oh, and I'm not an early bird. 

  • PaulMeuller Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 8:30 PM (in response to Pondini)

    Some stuff was "as it was" before the crash after I restored to December 2012.

    What wasn't that I know of -- and it seems that I won't really know everything that's amiss until I use the computer for a few days -- iTunes, email settings, desktop icons/files, settings in Office for Mac, and the like.  In many cases when I tried to restore, say iTunes library for example, doing so generated the error that there wasn't enough space to copy the files, leaving me to have to delete them from the Mac and then restore them from the backup.

     

    So, if it will do no harm, why don't I restore it back to December 2012 tonight?  Just let me know for sure and definitively if I should/could/shouldn't.

     

    P.S. I'll just post that I'm available and you get to me when you can.  I am so very grateful for your patience...

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

    Yup, sounds like a good plan. 

     

    Get some sleep!

  • PaulMeuller Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 8:32 PM (in response to Pondini)

    A good plan to restore it back to December 2012 you mean

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

    Yup, sorry. 

  • PaulMeuller Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 8:33 PM (in response to Pondini)

    ok - talk with you tmrrw.

  • PaulMeuller Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 8:52 PM (in response to Pondini)

    Telly, Telly, is that you in the bushes?

     

    when I went to restore to December 2012, Restore said no OSX backups exist!

     

    I created a new user with identical info as the one we deleted, restarted, then restarted in Recovery mode and ... NADA.

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

    Good morning -- sorry, I got waylaid a bit . . .

     

    I assume the full restore does find your wife's backups?  And does see yours (ie, that they exist), but says there aren't any full backups in them (I forget the exact wording)?

     

     

    If so, it sounds like whatever was wrong with your backups is getting worse.  I'd been wondering if you were going to have problems with the "piecemeal" restore, since we know something is wrong with them.

     

    I'm not sure which user account you re-created -- the one identical to your backups, or the temporary one?

     

    Either way, see if you can at least see your backups via Time Machine -- the temporary ID should get the red "no-entry" badges, but at least see that the backups exist.  The re-created original account should see them normally.

     

    If not, can you see them via the Finder?   (Again, you'll see the red badges with the temporary account)?

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

    Hello?   Are you there?

     

    (I've been a bit afraid to ask . . .)

  • PaulMeuller Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 8:33 AM (in response to Pondini)

    It happened again - computer wouldn't get past trying to open (by itself) in safe mode: the progress bar showed no progress then the computer would shut down.  I Control-R restarted and restored from the latest backup. After restore complete, NOW EVERYTHING EVERYTHING IS GONE - all files, all backups on time machine, everything.  My computer is basically an empty shell with no files (inc'l for example system prefs, time machine prefs, all '?' in the dock, etc.).

     

    I tried:

    - option+time machine -- verify grayed out; used wife's mac to verify my sparse bundle and All Ok; still no files

    - tried A4on my computer -- now time machine says not configured

    - tried A5b and still nothing

    - using Guest User, entered Time Capsule and 'Paul's Mac.sparsebund Resource temp. unavailable.' Also no TM icon in top menu bar

     

    I am freaking out bc have TONS of irreplaceable files on my Mac.

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