Restore from Time Machine on fresh install

melbri

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I recently freshly installed Mavericks on my iMac with the intent to sell it. i then began using it and backing up to time capsule. I want to go back and restore my settings prior to the fresh install. I can see all previously backed up files in Finder and in Time Machine I can see all previous dates of back ups, but can only access as far back as the fesh install. How do I do this? I did use a different name for my iMac when doinf the fresh install. Will i have two choices from time capsule when i reboot using cmd-R? I will try this tonight, if I do not get a reply.
 

Bruno09

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Hi,

you probably used a different name for your OS X partition ("Macintosh HD"), not for the iMac itself.

Therefore, you could be able to access the old Time Machine backups (prior the fresh install) by selecting the name of the computer in the Finder, then entering Time Machine.

Or in Finder, do Cmd + Shift + c, then Enter Time Machine.

If this does not work, try this :

"You can also browse the original backup drive for past backups by using "Browse other Time Machine Disks"--to see this choice, hold the Option key then click the Time Machine menu in the Finder (to see the menu, "Show Time Machine status in the menu bar" must be selected in Time Machine preferences."

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427?viewlocale=en_US
 
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melbri

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None of this worked. I can see all the files back to when I started months ago in Finder, but in Time Machine it just shows as black Finders. The later backups under the new refresh are there with the black Finders behind it. I can even see the dates along the right side.
 

melbri

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Rather, this does work, I can see all my old back ups, but how do I restore from these? I need to restore all my applications and settings.
 

Bruno09

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Along the right side, click on the date you want to restore from, or click on the top of the Finder's windows.

You can restore the applications by selecting them, then clicking "Restore" in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Your settings are stored in your user's Library, which is hidden by default.
To reveal it, select your Home folder (the little house) in the Finder's side bar, then do Cmd + j and tick the "Show Library Folder" box.
 

melbri

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Cmd-r worked on reboot. When I selected restore from timer capsule, my old back-ups prior to refresh were available. All is good. I could not see anything prior to refesh in the finder.