MacBook Pro – My reformatted system that won't restore from my time machine - HELP PLEASE
- I loaded Lion when it first came out and all my troubles started. (It was the same on my 24” iMac). Mail particularly hardly worked on either machine after loading up Lion but that's another story and I wish I had never upgraded to Lion.
- I am now in China and took my MacBook Pro with me
- To avoid mail problems I eventually used web-mail as all I saw was the coloured spinning wheel all day long otherwise
- Gradually the machine got slower and slower and I saw that coloured wheel more and more
- Eventually a message came up to say my Bootable Drive was almost full.
- I checked and it wasn't full of MY documents. I see on this forum it's an Apple problem - reformatting and restoring user files will not help the problem
- On 1st November I did a Time Machine backup that completed OK
- Since then I had removed ALL documents safely to my Sony Vaio that we bought instead of another Apple Mac.
- Despite removing ALL documents and emptying the trash for two users the HDD continued to fill up rapidly
- I decided to do one more last backup on Time Machine so I could reformat the system – This backup never completed
- I had to reformat the system as it was totally not useable by now
- I had expected to put a Snow Leopard DVD in and restore my system without any problem - I have done this before on my iMac
- I was unable to point the restore to my time machine as it has a WD lock partition and Apple restores don't recognise the drive may be locked!
- No problem I thought, as I will do it later through the tools utility called Migration Assistant
- I have tried several times with Leopard and Snow Leopard but cannot get the utility to work, as it is obviously picking up the corrupt “LAST” backup (This is a shortcut to the 6th November uncompleted backup
- I tried to move the 1st November one to the last and move the other out as “”Corrupt”, but we are not allowed to change time machine files. Brilliant idea but Apple stopped it!
- So, I loaded Snow Leopard and got it to see my Time Machine Files and restored first the Applications – No problem
- Then Library – This failed as “You haven't permission” - What! Why? This is MY Laptop and MY files. Apple have to sort out this permission problem. I have had it three and a half years and it has driven me mad. It's a flawed way of working in my opinion. It took me three years to empty the trash because of it.
- I then tried to restore the "System" folder which also has a library folder and that failed the same - Why doesn't Time Machine restore what it's told to? Is it because I called the MacBook Pro something different? It saw the backup files OK and gave me the option of the previous MacBook or my iMac that I also had on the same drive. I chose the MacBook but it would NOT restore the system.
- So, I am stuck in China without my MacBook Pro and unable to restore my system and unable to retrieve the 1st November backup which was taken properly.
- This means that I cannot run any programmes and do any work
- I have wasted two weeks altogether on all the combined problems and without a usable system
- Any ideas how to restore back to the 1st November please? Thanks in advance!
MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2), With Time Machine