Successfully restored my MacBook Air from Time Capsule

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by steffi, May 25, 2008.

  1. steffi macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2003
    Here's why if you have an Air and a Time Capsule you should have bought the USB->Ethernet adapter. Don't leave home without it ;-)

    Yesterday it seemed my Air got screwed up so I had to restore from my Time Capsule. This was non trivial at first because if you try to do it wirelessly it will take forever. This was a complete restore from the Install application not a selective file restore. It's not exactly clear how that's done but what you do is boot Leopard install DVD and then select under Utilities "Restore from Time Machine Backup" and follow the steps. Now the trick is that if you do it wireless it will take a very long time so in my case I wanted to do it over ethernet to the Time Caspule. Well doing that will take up the one USB port the MacBook Air has and you cannot boot into the Installer App via DVD and then remove the Superdrive thinking that it only needs the Time Capsule to do the restore. It seems to need to load more from the DVD during the restore step. So the only way this can be done with a device like Time Capsule is to use Remote Disk which frees up the USB port such that it can be plugged into the ethernet LAN port of the Time Capsule with the USB -> Ethernet adapter.

    Doing it this way dramatically improves the restore time.

    If anybody knows how this can be done over ethernet when you don't have another computer to use for Remote Disk I'd like to know about it. From what I could tell you always have to have the DVD available during the restore step which because the Superdrive has to be plugged into the MacBook Air's port only will take up all available ports.
  2. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2007
    I guess you can't use a USB hub because of the additional power requirements of the DVD drive?
  3. steffi thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2003
    That is correct. Apple needs to produce such a hub.

  4. -am macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2006
    after completing a full install of the operating system you can always launch migration assistant and restore from a time machine back up from there.
  5. steffi thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2003
    If I'm not mistaken that's a subset of what's installed the other route which is why I didn't want to go that route.

  6. steve31 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada

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