restore Time Machine data to a different Mac?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by btownguy, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. btownguy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    Here's my situation. I only own one Mac computer - a MacBook Pro. I use Time Machine to back it up. If I had to send the laptop in for service I would be without my data for possibly quite some time. So I'm wondering - if I owned a second Mac (maybe an iMac), could I plug in my Time Machine drive and access the data? Could I selectively restore files and folders to the iMac?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I would be hesitant to be changing your backup data. I'd leave your TM backup alone and instead use some syncronization software to sync up the differences between your as yet un-named iMac and your repaired MBP.

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