Losing my mind with Snow Leopard and MBP restore

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by 617media, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. 617media macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2010
    I honestly wish I never updated to 10.6 cause I've gained nothing out of it but frustration and huge setbacks.

    Someone PLEASE help me solve this.

    Originally I had directly cloned my black mb running 10.5 to my new 13 inch unibody MBP that had a new blank internal HD put in. I thought it worked perfectly, but I guess because of driver issues, it would freeze up a lot so everyone told me I needed a fresh install.

    Before I got rid of the old macbook, I made a time machine backup to a WD external, as well as a carbon copy backup (saved a spareimage).

    Sooo I bought a copy of Snow Leopard, installed it on the new MBP and during installation, I tried to run a restore from time machine but it said because the time machine backup was 10.5, I couldn't do it. It said the only way to do it was to continue with the install and then from the desktop run Migration Assistant. When I try that it recognizes my original backup but what's confusing is that after 'calculating' my backup is only 200GB, when I am 100% positive it is around 236GB. I know this also because if I go into the actual time machine folder of my backup and right click it, it says 236GB. The same is true if I right click the sparseimage for info size......

    I even tried running the Migration assistant anyways once but half my applications weren't working and stuff was missing.

    So please what do I do?

    I can't seem to do anything with the SparseImage, when I scan it in disk utility it says "Unable to scan Macintosh HD backup.sparseimage." (Resource temporarily unavailable.)

    And when I run time machine normally it stops part way and says some error.

    I will seriously paypal someone money to help me figure this out thanks.
  2. 617media thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2010
    here's what I mean about the migration assistant.... only shows that it adds up to 200GB

  3. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    I didn't know Migration Assistant allows you to copy programs? I thought only CCC does that. The trouble as I see it, is that you're trying to restore from an older build of the OS. So things are going to break.

    If I were you I'd be glad that I've got a clean backup of everything. Just do a fresh install. Apply all the updates. Then start manually copying your files over and install your apps from Disc. You'll have a smoother ride of it in the long run. :)
  4. 617media thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2010
    wow they completely lied to me at the Apple store then....


    what's with Final Cut Pro and 10.6? When I run FCP studio 5 dmg it won't even start installing. Is it just the quicktime issue or is there more to it?

    See the issue is I way relying on having my system like it was before.... I have projects in FCP 5 that still need finishing.... this is all so ****ed.
  5. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    In that case install 10.5, it's a solid OS. You should be able to run all the newest software from 1.5.8. When you have time and no pressing deadlines upgrade to 10.6.
  6. 617media thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2010
    yeah you're right.... the only problem is my 10.5 disk is long gone.
  7. justaregularjoe macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2008
    Well I hate to condone any sort of theft, but if you have all ready paid for the (technically free) software, I'm SURE you can find a copy floating around somewhere in the tubes of the internet.
  8. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Ok wow did 10.5 come with any 13" uMBP? Why not use the restore disks?

    As far as getting your data back, i'd just use my old school windows techniques

    which were to restore the use space files (Macintosh HD/Users/~). As far as applications those would be best reinstalled, especially behemoths like Final Cut Pro.

    Which version of 10.6 are you using? 10.6? 10.6.4?
  9. 617media thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2010
    i bought it off a friend used so it just came with the computer and 10.6 already installed. But i wanted a bigger internal HD so i put in a new one and yes, actually purchased a copy of SL

    it says 10.6.3

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