11 Replies Latest reply: Oct 20, 2012 9:50 AM by seventy one
AllanGlen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have just performed a full restore from Time Machine. Does this mean that I no longer have access to my old backups?

 

Weegie


Mac Pro
  • 1. Re: Time Machine Rules
    Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    I don't use Time Machine but I don't see why this should inhibit access to old backups.

  • 2. Re: Time Machine Rules
    AllanGlen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your comment. I performed a full restore, following which, when I entered Time Machine again, the oldest backup accessible was the one I had just used. Earlier ones were still taking up space on my hard drive but could not be accessed via Time Machine.

    I've bitten the bullet and erased my hard drived and started Time Machine again.

    Thanks again

  • 3. Re: Time Machine Rules
    seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,975 points)

    For all matters dealing with Time Machine, the resident Guru is Pondini.

     

                     http://pondini.org/TM/Troubleshooting.html

     

  • 4. Re: Time Machine Rules
    Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    Are your Time Machine backups on the Mac's main disk? If so this is next to useless. It will not protect you when the disk fails. Backup to an external disk.

     

    Under normal circumstances you should not need to delete Time Machine backups. Pondini's pages will explain how Time Machine automatically deletes old backups.

  • 5. Re: Time Machine Rules
    AllanGlen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have been through the Pondini Current troubleshooting list and have not found anything relevant to my issue.

  • 6. Re: Time Machine Rules
    seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,975 points)

    Can't speak on his behalf but Neville seems to have similar thoughts to me. Google Pondini and you will find several alternate pages of his work.   There are few more knowledgeable about TM.

  • 7. Re: Time Machine Rules
    AllanGlen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My backup is on a separate HDD used only for Time Machine.

  • 8. Re: Time Machine Rules
    Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    seventy one wrote:

     

    Can't speak on his behalf but Neville seems to have similar thoughts to me. Google Pondini and you will find several alternate pages of his work.   There are few more knowledgeable about TM.

     

    I think all of Pondini's pages are efficiently linked to each other.

  • 9. Re: Time Machine Rules
    Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    AllanGlen wrote:

     

    I have been through the Pondini Current troubleshooting list and have not found anything relevant to my issue.

     

    What issue are you concerned about?

  • 10. Re: Time Machine Rules
    AllanGlen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am not clear about Time Machine's procedures even having read everything from Pondini that I can find.

     

    When I recently did a full restore using a backup that was about a week old I entered Time Machine after I had finished restoring, just to see what was now there. (Time Machine, being on a separate HDD would not be affected by my full restore). I found that I now had access only to folders stored by Time Machine since my full restore.

     

    I can see that Time Machine might be justified in thinking that I now had no interest in older backups. So, is the  absence of old backups part of Time Machine's procedures or is it an error? Could I in some way have caused Time Machine to do this?

     

    What makes me think that it is some error is that the old files have not been deleted, they just are not available for use within Time Machine and they do not appear via Finder but they still occupied 75% of my 1Tb HDD. That was my concern but, as I replied earlier, I have erased the HDD and started afresh.

     

    Thanks for your comments.

  • 11. Re: Time Machine Rules
    seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,975 points)

    Nothing more I can say but, with luck, Pondini will see your post and react.   One suggestion.   Watch out for him posting then 'Bump' this post.   It may draw it to his attention.