Migrating user from Time Machine backup

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Ranch, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. Ranch macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2012

    To clean my approx 3 year old hard drive in my MBP I did a clean install of OSx Snow Leopard, and then upgraded back to OSx Lion. (I know now, that this could have been done in a smarter way..)

    Before doing this i made a backup of my MBP with Time Machine.

    My plan was to use Migration Assistant after having installed Lion, to get a clean install of OSx (to speed things up abit) and just transfer back my apps and user settings.

    However, when trying to migrate my data from "a time machine backup", the assistant stops at this menu: (where my external hard drive supposedly should show up, and the "thinking cog" keeps on spinning for ages and telling me it's "looking for other computers", which is weird, because i chose to migrate from a backup, not another computer)

    What can i do to make the backup-source external hard drive show up?

    It might be worth mentioning that:

    When installing OSx, i messed around with the features to restore the mac from a Time Machine backup, and i noticed that only three backups where shown in this menu, and they were old (newest was from november 2011). It is therefore not possible just to restore the comp to the state it was backed up as yesterday, since that backup doesn't show up in the recovery/setup assistant.

    Hope you guys can help me out! :)
  2. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    Have you tried going into Time Machine prefs and telling it where your backup disk is? I found on a recent reinstall of Lion I had to do this then manually browse other backups to get my data back.

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