Copying a specific TM backup...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by fullsmoke, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. fullsmoke macrumors newbie

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    Odd question/scenario:

    I am recovering from a HD crash and I decided to just manually copy over a TM backup from an external HD so that I could manually sort the files I want to keep. I copied a folder, one of the dated ones (e.g. 2012-05-10...).

    At first, it asked me for my admin password which I thought was odd but I thought it was because there was movement of old system files. Then I noticed things popping up in my Trash. Then an error box popped up asking me if I wanted to replace a file or not... Now that was weird. I ended up stopping the whole copy process as I was afraid somehow these files were overwriting my current OS files.

    I thought that the folder would just copy over like any other folder but it seems as if I am wrong. What happened when I copied over the backup folder?

    Thanks

    P.S. I am running Mountain Lion. The backup I was copying over was from Snow Leopard.
     
  2. fullsmoke thread starter macrumors newbie

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    EDIT:

    The things popping up in my Trash was because the external HD had some items in its trash can. :slap head:

    However, I guess my question is: nothing on my Mac should have been modified due to me copying over an old TM backup, right? (I dragged the backup folder to my desktop and eventually cancelled it)
     

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