Currently Being ModeratedApr 2, 2013 8:08 AM (in response to altv)
You probably need to restore your complete system from the Time Machine backup, which hopefully was up-to-date immediately before the Mac went in for repair:
With the Time Machine drive connected boot into the Recovery HD (restart holding down Command+r) and restore from Time Machine backup.
Details here from Pondini's Time Machine resource: http://pondini.org/TM/14.html
Currently Being ModeratedApr 2, 2013 10:47 AM (in response to Paul_31)
Thanks for coming back. So, in essence, there is no point in using the Time Machine to do a complete backup, and there appears no way of selecting what can be backed up, if you cannot select what is needed for partial restores. The machine is effectively a new machine now, and I cannot get back selective items. Thank heavens that I copied all my documents to a stick. That was easy to restore. I am now left with out contacts or the e mails.
I am loathe to do a complete restoration since there were so many problems on the thing before the repair, I do not want to get it back to what it was then - useless!!
It seems as if I shall have to start from scratch again. What a way to run a battleship!! Par for the course , I suspect.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 2, 2013 10:58 AM (in response to altv)
OK, you should also be able to selectively restore stuff. For emails, with the Time Machine drive connected launch Mail on the Mac and then enter Time Machine and select a date where you know the emails you want should be. TM machine should then take you to that date and place in Mail, select the emails you want and click 'restore', They should then be brought back and placed in a folder in Mail on the Mac called something like 'from Time Machine' (or similar).
Currently Being ModeratedApr 2, 2013 3:47 PM (in response to Paul_31)
I did that and the mails did come through, but only the mail, I still cannot get hold of the various settings for all the addresses I had on the machine. It was interesting that when I manually set up one of my e mail addresses, three months of e mails came through anyway because they were kept on the server. So all I need now is to get the balance of settings and the Contacts back on this machine.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 2, 2013 4:38 PM (in response to altv)
• I cannot see how to get in to the bowels of the backup to get these details.
You do have to be able to navigate through your back ups.
1. Open the back up drive and look at it in column view. Navigation is easiest in column view
Select a date, and keep navigating through the contents till you find what you want. Mailboxes are particularly obscure, so make sure you have the correct folder.
1. emails. Go to Mail / File / Import Mailboxes. Select Apple Mail and navigate through the back up till you find the mailbox you want to import. Select it and click on Choose.
2. Contacts - same procedure starting at Contacts / File / Import.
3. You can also import Bookmarks - File / Import Bookmarks ...
same for iPhoto, etc. etc.
It is a painful process, but it does work.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2013 2:23 AM (in response to Eustace Mendis)
I have tried your way a lot of times but there is nothing there that is Mail or Contacts. They must be in a hidden file and it is certainly not viewable on this machine. I can get to the Date of the backups, and choose the one I need but it gives me Applications, Library, System and Users, and in none of those does mail show up. There must be something there, because via the Time Machine I was able to get the e mails back, but cannot see how to get anything else. As I said earlier I copied the Documents on to a stick and copied them across. In fact, the Documents are available in the breakdown of the backup, under User, so I needn't have copied them. I should have realised and copied the Mail and Contacts. That would have saved an awful lot of aggravation.
I get the impression that I am stuck with what I have and will have to correct it all by long hand.
Thanks for your help.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2013 4:02 AM (in response to altv)
Mail folders are stored in the same relative location on the back up as on your boot drive. As indeed are everything else. Time machine creates a duplicate of your drive.
First work out how to find mailboxes on your main hard drive. You can then repeat the navigation in the TM drive.
Hold the option key down and click on the Go menu.
Select Library - this is the User library - not the Library at the root level.
In this Library look for a folder called Mail.
All your mailboxes are in that folder - some a few levels down.
And the mailboxes you want to import are in the same relative locations on the TM drive.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2013 4:14 AM (in response to altv)
Forgot that you also need to find contacts.
It's in the same Library (user), in Application Support, in the folder called Address Book.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2013 4:43 AM (in response to altv)
Continuing my previous post, once you have found the Mail folder in your TM back up, instead of an import you can drag and drop that folder on to your main drive to the same relative location (in the User's library) to replace the one already there.
Same with the Address Book.
These actions will replace the current contents of Mail and Contacts with the saved version you drag over.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2013 6:28 AM (in response to Eustace Mendis)
It just doesn't work! Every time I go into the Local drive which has the Backups and open the date I want, then Option key and Go in Finder, it goes straight to the Normal Library on the C: drive and not on the Local Drive which is the device that has the backups on. All I am seeing is that which is on the machine at the moment and not that which is on the Backup! I cannot get the Hidden files to show in the external drive. It seems to me the Option Key and Go in Finder only works on the iMAC and not any other drive.
I am at a loss now!
Currently Being ModeratedApr 3, 2013 11:32 AM (in response to Eustace Mendis)
To close this one out, I had a phone call from Apple this afternoon asking if the repair had gone OK. To this I answered yes, but said it was a pointless trying to do selective restoration from a Time Machine Backup. The Executive then put me on to one of their experts and he managed to sort it out remotely having once run the Terminal and scripting it to show all hidden files. This eventually worked and he went through moving stuff off the machine and replacing it with the information contained within the Backup. I now have all my mail settings and mailboxes along with Contacts and Calendar in place and operating. It was 30mins well spent in terms of time.
There was one remaining problem after we had finishing speaking and that was a "hidden" file insisted in remaining on the desktop. I managed to get rid of this by reverting to the scripting through Terminal to Hide everything again. This did the trick and I am now operating the machine as the designer intended!!
Thanks for your help, Eustace Mendis, it was fortuitous that Apple rang, because i don't think there was any way I could get to the system of showing the Hidden files through conventional methods.