4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 21, 2012 12:59 PM by William Boyd, Jr.
terry82 Level 1 Level 1

I have done a full restore to a new machine, which has worked...and I am told there should be an option to set to previous backups (to continue backing up to the same history).


According to a Macworld article, when I connect to my Time Capsule for backing up the first time with the new machine I should get an option to "create new backup" or "inherit backup history".  I can't get to this option and my Time Capsule doesn't have enough room for a new backup.  Obviously I don't want to delete the historic sparsebundle to make room.


What have I done wrong?



MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 Level 6

    I don't have a direct answer to your question, but you might find useful information here


    Time Machine FAQs


    or here


    Time Machine Troubleshooting

  • terry82 Level 1 Level 1

    Unfortunately, I had already worked through these two sites before posting the issue.  I even took my Macbook and Time Capsule into the local Genius bar.  They were not particularly familiar with the expectation and after running around in constant circles of the obvious options in system preferences etc.. concluded they did not know how to find the option "inherit backup history".


    I have followed one other discussion (on the Macworld site) which seems to get very close to addressing the issue, but no final answers.


    I would have thought someone would know how Lion and Time Machine is supposed to work....:(

  • LaPastenague Level 9 Level 9

    The only specific info I have seen is here.




    If the option doesn't come up due to the way the computer was updated.. then can I suggest you archive the disk to a USB drive and store that disk for some time as older time machine backups and then reformat the TC drive and do a fresh start.. it is well worth starting over with clean fresh backup. Rather than having it messed up with previous OS etc.

  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 Level 6

    terry82 wrote:


    I would have thought someone would know how Lion and Time Machine is supposed to work....:(

    They do, particularly the person who created the "pondini" site.  The problem is, the software doesn't always perform the way it's supposed to!