Can't go back in Time Machine to restore Leopard files?

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  1. MythicFrost macrumors 68040

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    Hey, I'm trying to go back in time machine to when I had Leopard, but it won't let me, all those options are listed, but are grayed out.

    I can choose to go back in time to the days TM has backed up SL though?

    Any idea why?

    Kind Regards
     
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    I was able to go back to July (HD > System Folder) with no problem.

    Did you change user accounts or privileges?
     
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    So, I'm guessing that's a "yes" ;) . It probably started a new Time Machine backup at the point you did the clean install. You might try the "Browse Other Time Machine Disks" option (right click on the Time Machine icon in the dock).
     
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    It appears it did not create a different one, as only one disk showed up.
    It is strange, because everything looks normal, except the button you click to go to that time period in leopard is grayed out (dim gray).

    After the clean install, the password has not been set yet and the user account is a different name. Would these matter?

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  9. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Still having this problem, anyone know the solution?

    Kind Regards
     
  10. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    The user account being different might matter.

    Is your Time Machine on an external drive, or a Time Capsule?

    Googling, I see some people also recommend to copy the plist file too?

    (where G4 is the old machine and G5 is the new one)
    http://macosx.com/tech-support/mac/transfer-email-from-old-mac-to-new-mac/17190.html
     
  11. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    It's a time capsule, I'll have to try that mail thing.

    Kind Regards

    EDIT:

    Is library/preferences under the current user, I won't have it if it isn't?
     
  12. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    A manual way to tell if your Time Capsule has the older backups is to mount it manually.

    In Finder, in the Shared area, you may see your Time Capsule listed there. Mine's called Router (original, huh?) If you click on that, you should see a folder with your data, and in the folder, a sparesbundle file that's your actual backup.

    If you double-click on that, it should mount under Devices in the Finder window. If you click on where it's mounted, it should hopefully show you a lot of different days of backups.

    You can manually retrieve data that way. If it's not showing up in the GUI, I'm thinking you switching account names may be why. Maybe create a second account on your Mac with the username that you used previously, logon to that account, and see if Time Machine sees everything for that.
     

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