8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 1, 2013 10:52 AM by mellowdesign
mellowdesign Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

Hi guys, I could really use some help - this wasn't what I planned for New Year's Eve


I hope my info below makes sense (I am not 'technical', but I have followed common sense info found online):


Due to a malfunction with my original MacPro hard drive that was unsolvable using Disk Utility or Drive Genius 2, I had to erase it and re-install Lion (My machine is sadly too 'vintage' for Mountain Lion).


When I was reinstalling Lion, I tried to restore my MacPro from external back-up but I had an error saying there was not enough space, which is rubbish, as it is was the source! On researching this, I decided the best bet was to erase the hard drive.


I still have everything saved on an external Back-up drive (from using Time-Machine). I do not want to launch Time-Machine at the moment, because it will over-write the back-up drive which I need to access. I am making a copy onto my second internal drive - 'Mothership')


Basically I want to restore the current empty (restored, errors solved) MacPro drive with the information that was on it (including all my applications etc.) Fortunately, my Home folder and work are all on Mothership. All the problems started when I moved my Home folder from MacPro to Mothership due to needing more Start-up disc space.


Can I replace the current hard drive info with the old one? (Bearing in mind that Time Machine facility will have no memory of anything prior to my erasing the disc, just what's on my back-up)



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  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (159,295 points)

    Assuming that your Time Machine backup is on a locally attached drive, rather than on the network, you should be able to boot from it into Recovery by holding down the option key at the startup chime. Select its icon in the screen that appears.


    From the Mac OS X Utilities screen, select Restore From Time Machine Backup. You can select a snapshot and a destination volume. The contents of the snapshot will replace the existing contents of the destination.


    There are various reasons why this procedure might fail, but most of the time it works.

  • mellowdesign Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    Hi - thanks for your response.


    I tried this again and got the same error message:


    "This disk does not have enough space to restore your system"


    This doesn't make sense!?!


    Any ideas?

  • mellowdesign Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    Also, I was unable to make a copy of the back-up file as it contained 'back-up and non back-up items'

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (159,295 points)

    Did you format the destination volume as case-sensitive? If so, reformat it as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)."

  • mellowdesign Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)



    Sorry, you've lost me there re case-sensitive.


    If I look on Disk Utility, Mac Pro (reformatted) is listed as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) so should be ok?


    As I write I am attempting to migrate files over to Mac Pro from Back-up using Migration Assistant.


    If that fails, I will be lugging my tower & external drives in a suitcase to my nearest Mac specialist!



  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (159,295 points)

    As I write I am attempting to migrate files over to Mac Pro from Back-up using Migration Assistant.


    That will cause other problems, but you seem to have decided what to do, so I'll leave you to it.

  • mellowdesign Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)

    I'm still open to help, of course - and thanks for your suggestions.


    I'm just trying another thing in case it helps. I can cancel the migration at any time.


    There are limited online resources for my situation.


    I don't see why I can't restore back-up to my Mac Pro - why it's saying I don't have space.


    I can't restore back-up to Mothership or I lose stuff on that hard drive (work/User info etc.).


    I'm thinking maybe it's easier to get a 'real' human being to look at it as it's a bit of a guessing game.

  • mellowdesign Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)



    Migration successful - now up and running as before. Go me!


    Relinked to Home Directory folder on Mothership, deleted from Mac Pro


    Ran Adobe License Recovery app to fix error 150:30 as a result of the migration.

    1. Mount the .dmg for the license recovery app.
    2. Open Terminal.
    3. Run the following two commands:

    1 cd /Volumes/LicenseRecovery\ 11.6.1/LicenseRecovery/


    2 sudo python LicenseRecover.py

    All working well