I had to backup my iMac (mid-2011) to Time machine prior to a rebuild. My external HD was the same (500GB) size as my internal disk; therefore, I could not do a complete backup because it was larger than 500GB. So I backed up everything minus the system files. After I erased the disk and installed the OS, I used Time Machine to restore my data. It took 4 hours, and consumed the disk space; however, the data cannot be seen from the OS (latest version). It appears that the new disk is called Macintosh HD 1 although the Finder sees it as Macintosh HD. Macintosh HD 1 is a symbolic link to the top level directory "/". The original disk was called Macintosh HD (without the number 1). The data was restored to Macintosh HD instead of this Macintosh HD 1 volume. In Terminal I can see that Macintosh HD and Macintosh HD 1 are both in the /Volumes directory. Macintosh HD is a real directory that contains the restored data. Macintosh HD 1 is a symbolic link that points to /. I tried moving the data in Terminal to the proper place; however, it only moved the data that didn't exist and indicated that I don NOT have permissions to over right anything that exists (I tried moving the Applications directory). Does anyone have a solution for this?