2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 16, 2013 4:58 PM by bcmossman
bcmossman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

My hard drive failed on MB Pro 2008. i was able to start up using a super duper bootable clone on an iomega external drive (the clone was from 6 months ago unfortunately). once the computer started up, it saw the failed drive and i was able to retrieve some new data created since my last time machine backup 10 days ago. i then plugged in another external drive with my time machine backup on it and tried  to backup the failed harddrive once more before going to buy a new HD and getting rid of the failed one. INSTEAD  of backing up the real HD, time machine backed up the clone drive which is 6 months old. now that i have a new HD and OS 10.6.3, when i try to restore data from the last time machine backup of the real HD (12/27/12), the only option i'm getting is from the backup of the CLONE drive which is 6 months older. i know the info is there but the transfer data option isn't seeing that drive. what do i do???


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • 1. Re: restoring data on new drive, time machine can't find old drive because it backed up my old clone drive instead. now what?
    OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (25,815 points)

    If I understand you correctly, you have a Clone of your original internal HDD and a Time Machine HDD that backed up the Clone.  If it backed up the Clone HDD and deleted the prior backups, then your data is gone.  If it backed up the Clone for only the changes made since the Clone was created, the data should be there.

     

    Open Time Machine and see what actually is there.  If you cannot open it,  Click on the Time Machine icon on your desktop.  It will give you a display showing one folder (Backups.backupdp).  Open that folder and it will show another single folder.  Open that one and it should display folders that are dated for each day/week that backups have been made.

     

    If there are 'old' folders in there, you can access the data by opening then up as the image below indicates:

     

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    It may be tedious, but it is better than not having the data.

     

    Ciao.

  • 2. Re: restoring data on new drive, time machine can't find old drive because it backed up my old clone drive instead. now what?
    bcmossman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    it turned out that it was easy enough to just delete the last update (which was indeed the 6 month old clone-drive- i guess time machine backs up the drive you booted from, not neccessarily the hard-drive whose name i assumed it would search for) and then when i went to transfer the data, time machine saw the last update which was of the REAL hard-drive and only 10 days old. not much was lost. genius bar answered question...