Restoring from Time Machine for the First Time

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by someone28624, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    I'm upgrading my hard drive in...oh...about 5 minutes.

    I plan to restore from Time Machine. About 100 gb worth of files.

    How long should this take?

    Will I be able to use my computer while it's restoring?
  2. Macrimonious macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2008
    How long will it take?

    I'd allow at least three hours, maybe more.

    Will the computer be usable?

    Probably not, wouldn't count on it.

    sorry couldn't give you exacting answers but it seemed time was of the essence!
  3. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 20, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    I am going to assume you are doing a complete restore, meaning, booting from disk and "restore from time machine" option. You will not be able to use your computer until it is done.

    I have restored 70 gigs in about 4 hours via ethernet to my Time Capsule.

    Hope this helps
  4. someone28624 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    Thanks guys! Installing OS X on new hard drive as I type (on my iPod Touch). I asked because when I googled there was some guy who posted on here that it was going to take 37 hours. I'm going on a trip tommorrow and want to take my Macbook. I'll let you know how it goes. So far installing the new hard drive was far easier than I expected.
  5. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2007
    Bristol, England
    Sounds like he did it wirelessly from a time capsule...

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