3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 5, 2009 3:25 PM by Pondini
chuckbo Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
Two of us share a time capsule via ethernet.
One machine has died and will need to be restored -- it's been recommended to me to format that machine's drive before reinstalling Leopard.

Now I know that my machine has faithfully backed itself up. I can assume that her machine has been backing itself up, but I don't know that for sure, for sure. Is there a way I can check out the capsule from my machine to confirm that it contains a backup set for the other machine before I format its hard drive and do the reinstall?

Chuck

MacBook pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
    Yes. TM keeps each Mac's backups separate, for obvious reasons.

    See item #17 in the Frequently Asked Questions *User Tip* at the top of this forum.
  • chuckbo Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    Yes, I understand that part -- not quite what I'm asking, though.

    Is there a way, from my machine, to confirm that her machine has been actively doing backups on the capsule that we share? If I can confirm it, I'll go ahead with the clean wipe on her machine and do the reinstall from time machine. But if I can't find her backup, then I'll have to do a different approach.
  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8 (38,720 points)
    chuckbo wrote:
    Yes, I understand that part -- not quite what I'm asking, though.

    Is there a way, from my machine, to confirm that her machine has been actively doing backups on the capsule that we share? If I can confirm it, I'll go ahead with the clean wipe on her machine and do the reinstall from time machine. But if I can't find her backup, then I'll have to do a different approach.


    Yes. The TC has 2 sparse bundles, one for each Mac. Mount the sparse bundle for her Mac, and use the +Browse Other Time Machine Disks+ option. It will show, among other things, the timeline of backups on the right of the "Star Wars" display. Those are her backups.