Restoring Files from Time Machine

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by JTStarkiller, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. JTStarkiller macrumors member


    Aug 30, 2006
    I just did a clean install of Lion after backing up my drive using Time Machine. I was having a few problems with sound deactivated and the lid not sleeping when closing it, so I decided to just completely reinstall Lion. Now that I've done that, how do I go about bringing certain files back, namely e-mails?

    When I click on Time Machine and click "Browse Other Backup Disks," all of my favorites on the left are grayed out, including my Home folder. I'm reading that that's where my e-mails are. Is there any way to access my Home folder if it's grayed out?

    I'd rather not do a complete restore, but instead restore only certain things, and reinstall all of my applications manually, just to keep things as clean as possible. Thanks.
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Start the Migration Assistant from the /Applications/Utilities folder and point it to your Time Machine backup to restore your data.
  3. JTStarkiller thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 30, 2006

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