How to access time machine backup from another computer?

jackc

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I have two computers backing up to Time Machine on a Time Capsule. I don't know how to access a backup from the other computer in case I ever need it. If I hit option and go up to the Time Machine icon, it shows "Browse Other Backup Disks" but I don't see it there.
 

andalusia

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You can't access another computer's Time Machine backup. It's specific to that computer, especially using Time Capsule as it does it using a Sparse Image.
 

jackc

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You can't access another computer's Time Machine backup. It's specific to that computer, especially using Time Capsule as it does it using a Sparse Image.
So what if you're backed up with one computer and you lose the computer? There must be a way to retrieve the data, no?
 

andalusia

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You can restore to a computer from a Time Machine backup. If you lost your computer and bought another you could transfer everything back to the way it was with your old machine.
 

orangechicken

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I have two computers backing up to Time Machine on a Time Capsule. I don't know how to access a backup from the other computer in case I ever need it. If I hit option and go up to the Time Machine icon, it shows "Browse Other Backup Disks" but I don't see it there.
There's a piece of software called Back in Time that can do this.
 
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