Restore time machine to older iMac

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  1. thewright1 macrumors regular

    thewright1

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    Hi all,

    I have a bit of a situation here. I have a newer iMac running snow leopard. I backed it up with time machine and I want to restore that data onto my other iMac (both are aluminum) but the one I want to restore to is an older model aluminum. I installed a brand new hard drive on the iMac and I'm using my install discs that it came with but when I went to Utilities, I didn't see the option to restore. Is this because I'm trying to restore to an older iMac or is it because the newer iMac was backed up on snow leopard? I see a lot of questions of people doing this in reverse, but not necessarily from a new computer to an older one. Any feedback would be much appreciated.
     
  2. elithrar macrumors 6502

    elithrar

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    If the older machine is running an older OS that doesn't allow restoration from TM (i.e. 10.4 Tiger) then you won't be able to restore, unless you have a plain-Jane Snow Leopard disk.
     
  3. thewright1 thread starter macrumors regular

    thewright1

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    Got it, I'll install like normal first, then update with snow leopard, then restore. That should do it right?
     
  4. Bear macrumors G3

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    Yes that should do it. Also since the back up is from a Snow Leopard machine, this will eliminate any issues that restoring to an older OS might cause.
     

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