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Question: Time Machine won't go back to all dates

I go back & forth between 2 locations every 6 months, and have iMacs running El Capitan at each location; each one having a unique name. To synchronize them, I clone the hard drive at one location and then clone that disk to the 2nd iMac's HD. I then change the name of that computer back to its appropriate name and have the Time Machine backups (use 2 disks) adopted by the cloned iMac.


Just noticed that while all the dates are listed when I enter Time Machine, I can only go back to the date when Time Machine drives were connected to the 2nd computer, i.e. Dates show back to May 28, 2017, however, I can't access anything earlier than December 28, 2017, when the last switch was made.


Any suggestions how to fix this, or do I just have to trash those older dates?


Thanks for any help.


Rich

iMac, OS X El Capitan (10.11.6), 27" Late 2012, 3.2 GHz Intel Corei5

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You are welcome. Did you try shift - command - c?


Start with A4 in the 1st linked article.


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Apr 23, 2018 8:29 AM in response to Rich B22 In response to Rich B22

While in Time Machine, to see all mounted volumes shift - command - c. Information learned from Linc Davis.


I recommend you not trash the older backups because that can corrupt the backup file. Time Machine will delete them when space is required.

Apr 23, 2018 8:29 AM

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Apr 23, 2018 10:07 AM in response to Eric Root In response to Eric Root

Eric,


Thanks for your quick response, however, I can see all the volumes and the back up dates, however, I cannot access anything prior to December 28, 2017. I even tried control-C, but it did nothing.


Here's 4 screenshots of what I'm referring to. Note that I use 2 volumes to back-up to so for each date, there may be 2 entries.


Bottom line is that I can see all of the backed-up dates, but can't access the information from Time Machine.


Again, thanks for your efforts and any help is appreciated.


Rich


The November dates correspond to the last backed up dates on the old system and the December dates correspond to the dates I migrated to the cloned system.


On the first and second images, the timeline shows December 28, 2017, & each shot has a unique title.User uploaded file


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In the third & fourth shots, although November 23 and November 22 are highlighted in the timeline, respectively, the displayed titles in each haven't changed.User uploaded file


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Apr 23, 2018 9:29 PM in response to Eric Root In response to Eric Root

Eric,


I should read more carefully, as I had only tried command-c. I tried shift-command-c & that worked!!!!


Also, I appreciate the link to Pondini. Had looked for Pondini, but couldn't find it. I guess it has moved.


Thank you again for your great help and your persistence.


Rich

Apr 23, 2018 9:29 PM

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