Time machine restore to non startup disk

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by funnyent, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Dec 26, 2007
    Hi all- my MacBook Pro's hard drive failed and I installed a new SSD as well as a regular HHD (Replacing the optical drive with a DataDoubler). I have OS X Mountain Lion installed on the SSD and want to restore using a time machine backup on the regular HHD, however I can't figure out to restore to that drive instead of the startup SSD. Is the a way to do this? Or do I need to go ahead and install OS X on the HHD, restore, and then switch the drives.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. macrumors Core


    Jan 23, 2005
    You should be able to plug in the TM disk then option key boot to the TM backup and restore it to the drive of your choice.

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