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HEEELLLP!  Time Machine has eaten my docs

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Debra Fox Calculating status...
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Feb 5, 2013 11:46 AM

Before updating my MacBook to 10.8 -- I did a backup using Tme Machine of the entire hardrive.

Then, I did an erase and install of new software.


NOW -- When I go to the backup files --- and I open to the folders that are suppose to be holding the documents I'm wanting to bring back to the MacBook, those folders are empty.


I tried to do a migration -- but that is ONLY for the operating system and stuff.....not documents.

I treid to simply copy the file over, but it's empty on the drive as well.


Can anyone help me to recover these files?

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,590 points)
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    Feb 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.

  • LaPastenague Level 7 Level 7 (32,590 points)
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    Feb 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.


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