Restore too large to fit on new MBPr

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by noreception, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. noreception macrumors newbie

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    Hey.

    So I am having some issues with restoring a new MBPr from an older back-up.

    I recently traded down from a 512g to a 256g and the back up I have is too large.

    I want to delete needless info from the back up but I cannot seem to be able to find a way into the data that will allow for me to do so.

    I tried accessing it from the TIMEMACHINE logo but it wont show me the old data. I also went through the disk utility and I cannot delete data.

    Can anyone assist me?
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Try migration assistant...

    you can then choose which bits to move accross...
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    Obviously you cannot do a full time machine restore since you're going from a larger drive to a smaller drive.

    In TM, you can select what you want to restore, so just selecting the data piece by piece.
     
  4. leman macrumors 604

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    You can open the TM volume in Finder — its just a bunch of files and you can 'restore' what you need manually by copying the files back.
     
  5. noreception thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You cannot restore individual files from a TM back up that belong to a different Mac.

    I used migration assistant to select units of files to restore.

    It was sluggish and annoying but it worked.

    I appreciate the assistance guys.
     
  6. leman macrumors 604

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    Of course you can. You just copy them over. As I said before, a TM backup is just a collection of time-stamped directories with your backed up files. You don't need to use the TM interface at all to restore your files.
     
  7. noreception thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The directory for TM came up empty through the interface. When I tried to restore directly from the drive itself it told me that I cannot restore!
     
  8. leman macrumors 604

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    Can you explain what you mean by 'trying to restore directly from the drive'? What do you see if you just open the drive with Finder?
     

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