6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 6, 2007 7:56 PM by Rob Cork
Rob Cork Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
I have looked for the Time Machine App every where I can think of and aside from the preference pane I cannot find it. If it's somehow missing, what can I do about it?

20" iMac Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.5), 1.5 GB RAM. 160, 250 & 500 GB LaCie fire wire external HDs. 20G iPod
  • Mr.Lobotomy Level 4 Level 4 (1,295 points)
    Why are you asking? It is supposed to run automagically. As soon as you plug in your external drive, your Mac should ask if you want it to be used for Time Machine.

    However, if you are trying to inspect the application itself, I would try (but I do not guarantee success) opening a Terminal and typing

    <pre>
    locate Time\ Machine
    </pre>
    or
    <pre>
    locate backupd
    </pre>
    and inspect the results. If there are too many results to inspect, append " | less" to the command; for example
    <pre>
    locate backupd | less
    </pre>
    and then use the spacebar to scroll forwards and 'b' to scroll backwards through the results.

    Perhaps Spotlight is an easier way to search but I don't know if Spotlight archives the same locations as locate does, and you said you searched everywhere you could think of.
  • Rob Cork Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thanks for the reply. It is working automatically backing up data. I should be more specific. I assumed that there is an application to restore from time machine backups. I deleted the dock icon when I started using 10.5. I made it "poof" which doesn't affect apps, but this being 10.5 I'm not quite sure of myself yet. This dock icon, I assumed, was the alias for the app to restore from Time Machine backups. Basically I have not found instructions to guide me through this if and when I need to use it.
  • erik graham Level 3 Level 3 (650 points)
    its in the Applications folder, near the bottom. .../Applications/Time Machine.app

    You can just drag the icon back into your dock.

    If you have somehow deleted it, you would need to reinstall it off the leopard DVD. Not sure if you can extract it though.

    To restore a backup, launch Time Machine. if you somehow completely wiped your main drive and need to totally restore it. Boot from the Leopard Install DVD and follow the menus to "Restore from Time Machine Backup"
  • Rob Cork Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    What a drag. It's not in my applications folder. I'm hoping I don't have to do all the set up that I've gone through again. Maybe a reinstall will just install missing components. Any thoughts?
  • erik graham Level 3 Level 3 (650 points)
    I edited my earlier post while you were writing this one.

    sounds like you lost the application. I don't know, off the top of my head how to extract TM from the Leopard DVD and install it and only it back onto your computer.

    However, if you can get into the Time Machine preferences, and it seems to be backing up your Mac on a regular basis, then you have not in fact deleted or lost it.

    When you look in your "Applications" folder, make sure you are looking in the right one. Maybe you know all this already, but sometimes people have an "Applications" folder inside their user directory for software that was installed for that user and only that user to use . If you look at the top level of your Mac hard drive, in what is commonly refered to as the "root" folder, you should see an Applications folder in that. thats where TM is supposed to be.
  • Rob Cork Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I just reinstalled and there it was. I must have deleted it somehow. At least nothing seems to have changed except that now I have the Time Machine app available.