Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 11:51 AM (in response to Debra Fox)
You have to recover via TM.
Read the stuff in Pondini about recovering specific files.
But do read through the whole section 14-17..
TM should not just recover the OS.. during a migration it should recover everything unless it didn't backup correctly.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 12:11 PM (in response to LaPastenague)
If the folders in the backup folders created by Time Machine are empty -- would that indicate that it didn't backup properly???
It has folders --- "users, applications, etc." -- but when I open those to get down to the folders where docs are -- that folder is empty???
Is it encrypted and I can't see it?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2013 12:29 PM (in response to Debra Fox)
Are you doing it via finder or via TM display?
Alway do the backup via the TM.. and do it exactly in the way pondini describes.. you will not necessarily see files in every date of the backup, only if there have been changes.. do it correctly.. if it fails then you might need further help. And yes, it can fail.. especially if you restored the backup and then allowed TM to do another backup.. that could well wipe all the old backups.. and TM will not hold old versions once they are gone.
You should never trust TM when you wipe a drive.. always backup with full disk image.. sorry after the event that doesn't help. But TM has a very complex way it works.. it is always taking snapshots.. and once the files are missing on the computer it can wipe them from the back.