3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 18, 2013 12:53 PM by mende1
Thomas2013 Level 1 (0 points)



I am attempting to restore my mothers old computer which has been continually backed up using a time machine (more accurately Time capsule).


have suceesfully installed the new hardrive in the macbook 5,1 late 2008,


The old hardrive was not damaged and the computer was running fine. the reason for hardrive replacement is for more storage.


i was able to boot new hardrive using the supplied recovery disk, 10.5.6 


          my mothers latest backup is a snow leapoard 10.6.8, i believe this may be causing the issue. i have a snow leapoard install disk


after booting, using the disk i formated the hardrive with erase function in disk utility.


then attempted to restore old hardrive on to the new hardrive using restore entire system.


the restore completes sucessfully and commnicates the user to restart the computer by holding dowm the power button for three seconds.


when the computer restarts it fails to boot and spits out a number of errors.


I believe that the problem has to do with the backup (timemachine) running a more recent version of OSX then the supplied software recovery disk. but i am not sure


i would really like to know what else i should try or what i should be doing differently.


thank you


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8), time machine complete sys restore
  • mende1 Level 10 (92,186 points)

    That was your error.


    Now, insert the Snow Leopard DVD and press the C key while your Mac is starting. Then, go to Utilities menu > Disk Utility, select the hard disk at the top of the sidebar, go to Erase tab and erase the disk. After that, close Disk Utility, go to Utilities menu, choose the option to restore the Time Machine backup and follow the steps to restore it.


    When it finishes, the computer will restart. See if it works now

  • Thomas2013 Level 1 (0 points)

    thank you, it worked


    my mothers computer is back in action


    - kevin

  • mende1 Level 10 (92,186 points)

    You are welcome