timemachine backup on ntfs broken?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nano91, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2012
    due to some issues with my external hard drive i used for the timemachine backup, i had to copy all files to another drive which is ntfs formated. now i have the backups directory but i cant acces any files. i read something about hardlinking directories.. is it somehow possible to gain acces to all the backup files? viewing them on the ntfs drive they seem just to be empty files with 0 bytes... even the folders :(
    i really need to get acces because there are photos i cant restore otherwise which are very important to me.

    please, need help
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2005
    AFAIK NTFS never worked for Time Machine. It might work if you transfer the backups back to a HFS drive but it they be lost for good.

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