I will reiterate what problem I have again.
when I have my external time capsule disconnected, if I select enter time machine I get the following message window prompt saying : Your Time Machine backup disk can’t be found. rather than entering the time machine and showing finder windows with local snapshots
But under /Volumes I can still see that I have Mobile Backup partition with backups in it :
Use Omnidisksweeeper. that I posted.
DELETE the original local snapshot
then run these commands to take a fresh local snapshot.
Job done. .
What I do to access my local backups is this(may or may not be the best way but it works):
1. Open Terminal and input the command: sudo chflags nohidden //Volumes
2. Type password to allow sudo.
3. Open Macintosh HD and browse to Volumes folder.
4. Browse to MobileBackups/<Name of Computer>
5. From here you have access to the folders of your local backups by date and time.
6. Browse and find any files you may be looking for, copy and paste them to your Desktop or other desired location.
7. Back in Terminal, input the command: sudo chflags hidden //Volumes
This works for me every time and makes it simple enough if you don't mind the sudo.
Yes, it isn't really a solution so much as a way to access the local snapshot (fairly)painlessly to grab a file or set of files if you know what you're looking for. I'm glad that the disable and re-enable worked for you though!
Usually when I need a file I don't want to mess up any files in my backups and so I'm too scared to disable it in case I lose any of the files I'm looking for...
I had the same problem one time, but it hasn't occured again thankfully.