Help for Time Machine

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kostamoose, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. kostamoose macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2016
    New York
    Hi everyone,
    I've tried searching for solutions for this problem and I can't seem to find an answer, so am hoping that some of you on this forum can help me out:
    I have a MBP (mid-2009) and have an external HD which I used for my TM when I had Mountain Lion. I backed up right before I upgraded to El Capitan, and in the process of installing, it had crashed, and I needed to reboot and erase my HD and re-install El Capitan. Since then, my MBP won't recognize the TM backups. The files are there, but I can't access them through TM.
    Is there a way I can access this? Is there a "how to" resource online that I may have overlooked?
  2. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    If you just want to restore something, you can simply copy the files from the TM disk — no need to use the TM interface. If you want to continue using the disk as a backup, simply adding it as a new backup disk should work — the system should preserve all the data (but don't blame me if something goes wrong and you use all your precious data).
  3. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    It sounds like you have installed El Capitan and now want "migrate" your data, settings, and apps from your TM backup. You should connect your TM drive and use the Migration Assistant app (in the Applications>Utilities folder) to copy your old information.
    See this information from Apple:

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