New mac can't find time machine backup to restore

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by TeamSAM, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. TeamSAM macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2014
    My wife had her laptop stolen last week, and we got a replacement this weekend. When we plugged in our external time machine drive during setup, it only provides the option to restore from an ancient backup of a computer we had a couple years ago. Neither my computer nor her (stolen) one appear in the list.

    When I look at the drive in finder on my computer, I can see the backup I want to use in backups.backupdb, but there's also an old .sparsebundle backup on the drive, which is the only one that shows up.

    How do I get the new mac to see the .backupdb backups so I can restore from one?

  2. TeamSAM thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2014
    ok, I skipped the restore and selected the correct backup per the instructions, but when I "enter Time Machine" I can't actually browse the old backups to restore files- the dates of backups show up, but they're grayed out and can't be selected.

    I can manually browse to files and copy them via the finder, but I'd prefer just to restore everything. What am I missing?

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