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10.8 Restore from TM = no backups found

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James Rothschild Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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Jun 18, 2013 12:54 PM

I can see all the TM Backups on my TM external HD

 

When I boot in to the Rescue parttion of 10.8.4 on my iMac and go to Restore, I select the TM HD it says ... "no backups found"

 

Whay can it not see them?

 

TM backups made on 10.8.4

New system on iMac HD has 10.8.4 on it

 

:-(

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,935 points)
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    Jun 19, 2013 4:20 AM (in response to James Rothschild)

    Perhaps some of the information here will help:

     

    I can't see some backups

  • Mark_Koeman Calculating status...
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    Jun 19, 2013 5:02 AM (in response to James Rothschild)

    Have you manually altered the backups at any stage? If you try to restore using Migration Assistant do you get the same error or something similar?

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jun 19, 2013 6:42 PM (in response to James Rothschild)

    James Rothschild wrote:

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    Migration assistant sees nothing on the drive ... can't find the drive at all when it is attached to FW

    option-Boot into 10.8.4 rescue and can see the FW drive, but it lists no backups.

    Sounds like you've been bitten by a bug we've just identified.  See #D10 in Time Machine - Troubleshooting.

     

    If so, post back with details of your situation, such as,

     

    Do you have to do a full restore?

    Are any of those 3 folders on your backups?

    Do you have any other backups

    How many user accounts do you have

    Are you covered by AppleCare, etc.

     

    If you do have that bug, it will take some finagling, but your user home folders should be intact and recoverable.  The rest, we don't know about yet.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jun 19, 2013 7:03 PM (in response to James Rothschild)

    Oh, and if you haven't already, please don't run the fix just yet -- I'd like you to send me a file and perhaps run a diagnostic command and either attach it to a Bug Report or call AppleCare (if you're covered), so Apple can find and fix whatever's causing this.

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jun 20, 2013 7:02 AM (in response to James Rothschild)

    James Rothschild wrote:

     

    I have turned off Spotlight completely as per instructions I found here: ...
    https://discussions.apple.com/message/6579920?messageID=6579920&amp%3b#6579920?m essageID=6579920&amp%3b
    ... and my iMac is now perfectly normal with no Mad Fan Racing: at all.

    But now, no Spotlight running. And a screwed TM system it would seem :-(x

    The two don't seem to be related. 

     

    Are any of those 3 folders on your backups?

    ??

    Sorry, I meant any of the 3 top-level folders noted in #D10 in Time Machine - Troubleshooting -- Applications, Library, and/or System.


     

    Happy to send you a file and perhaps run a diagnostic command

    Since your drive was lost, and the top-level Library folder wasn't backed-up, the evidence is gone, so it won;t help.   

     

    P.S. I think Microsoft Office's mds worker screws Spotlight …

    I wouldn't be surprised . . .

     

     

    Do you have any other backups

    Yes, CCCloner form 2 weeks ago √√

     

    EDIT:  I've been working on a different problem, and fogot the permissions problem when copying as an Admin user for this one. 

     

    I'll repost in a bit, sorry.

     

     

    Message was edited by: Pondini

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jun 20, 2013 7:40 AM (in response to James Rothschild)

    James Rothschild wrote:

    . . .

    Do you have any other backups

    Yes, CCCloner form 2 weeks ago √√

     

    Ok, let me try this again . . .

     

    The idea is to restore from the clone, so you get the most recent version you have of Applications,  Library, System, etc.  Then recover the up-to-date home folders from your Time Machine backups. 

     

    This will take a bit of finagling, and since you seem pretty familiar with OSX, this is just an outline.  Don't hesitate to post back with questions or concerns.

     

    1. Restore from the clone

     

    2. Log on and create a new, temporary, Admin user account.

     

    3. Delete the user accounts and home folders you just restored from the clone.

     

    4. Recreate the original Admin user account, with the identical short name and password as on the original. 

     

    5. Log on to it.  Navigate in the backups to the most recent backup (see the green box in How Time Machine works its Magic if you're not sure how they're stored).

     

    6. Copy (drag & drop via the Finder) the home folder from the backups to the /Users/Shared folder on your Mac.

     

    7. Log off that account and back on to the temporary Admin account.

     

    8. Delete the home folder for the recreated account in /Users.

     

    9. Drag the recovered one from the Shared folder to /Users.

     

    10. Restart your Mac.  Log on to the recreated account.  That should connect to the recovered home folder.  Be sure to enter the same Apple ID (or none) as on the original. Check to be sure everything is there and working properly.

     

    11. Repeat steps 4 through 10 for the other account

     

     

    Sorry for the confusion -- I'm trying to do too many things at once and thinking about some chores I need to do, too. 

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,710 points)
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    Jun 20, 2013 7:59 AM (in response to James Rothschild)

    Great!

     

    (I just thought of a way to avoid copying twice, but if you're already done . . . )

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