4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 29, 2012 4:00 PM by Luis Rocha Reis
Luis Rocha Reis Level 1 (0 points)

I've been using some external HD (4Tb) to backup both my Mac and some other external HD's.


Now one of my external HD is not working and I can't restore the backup of that HD simply because that HD is not showing when I open the Time Machine Finder. Any ideas?

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • jgelements Level 3 (520 points)

    It is unclear what you are experiencing from my perspective.


    Was Time Machine backing up other external drives in addition to your startup disk or were you simply copying data to the external backup volume outside the backups.backupdb folder?


    When you can't see it, is it because you are in the Time Machine GUI or is it not listed in Finder or Disk Utility?

  • Luis Rocha Reis Level 1 (0 points)

    Time Machine was backing up other external disks as well as my startup disk.


    Both my startupdisk and the external disks that are still working appear on Time Machine GUI (but I "call" TM when I have the FINDER opened). The one that's missing if the one that doesn't show up in Finder (it looks like Time Machine only aknowledges the disks that are available now and not also the ones that were available a couple of days ago but that are now disconnected).

  • jgelements Level 3 (520 points)

    Try navigating manually through Finder:


    Go into your backup volume.

    Open Backups.backupdb

    Open the computer folder

    Select the date from which you want to recover

    Alongside the Mac HD are your other external volumes listed here, especially the one you want to recover?

  • Luis Rocha Reis Level 1 (0 points)

    Thks a lot!

    That solved it!!