Time capsule - access and lots more..


macrumors member
Original poster
Sep 5, 2008
I don't post here often as I don't usually have problems with my Macs - however, this time I do and need your help.

First let me say I am no 'technician' so I will do my best describe what has taken place.

Issue: iMac Core Duo (Lion OSX) HD failure and Smart Drive failure all within a few hours of each other. HD went from grey screen and flashing folder icon, I did all the usual things of disk utilities and repair disk etc... but eventually I got alerts to back up now as HD failing. Smart Drive disk stuck at the same time.

I use a Time Capsule for my back up and I have a backup that was performed 30 minutes before HD failure.

I need to know if the following are possible and if so how do I do it;

I have a MacBook Pro and is it possible for me to access some folders and files from the Time Capsule and is so how? The folders I'm interested in are quite large so I guess using ethernet cable rather than wireless would be better?

Is it possible to retreive my emails from the Time Capsule, if so how and what folder would they be in?

Purely coinsidnece, I'm due to pick up a new 2.5GHz Mac Mini on Friday and I was wondering is it possible to replicate/mirror what was exactly on my iMac and use the last backup from the Time Capsule, would all my prgrams, key chains etc come over and if so, how would I do this?

I hope you can help.




macrumors 6502a
Oct 25, 2008
You can restore your Time Capsule backup to your new mac.

Apple recommends using Migration Assistant on the new mac to pull the files from the Time Capsule.

They have a knowledge base article about backups that has a section on your questions:


If you are restoring a backup made by one Mac to a completely different Mac

Important: If the backup you are about to restore is from a completely different Mac, use the Migration Assistant to transfer data from the backup, as described in the next section.

Migrating a Time Machine backup to a new Mac

When you buy a new Mac, you can transfer all of your applications, files, settings, and other information from a Time Machine backup you've already made.

You will be asked if you want to transfer files when you start up your new Mac for the first time. Or, you can use the Migration Assistant (located in Applications/Utilities).

If you use a Time Capsule, see Restoring files from a Time Capsule backup.

Once Migration Assistant completes the transfer and you select your existing Time Machine backup drive, you will be prompted with "Inherit Backup History". Once selected you will be able to continue to use your existing Time Machine backup on your new Mac.


macrumors member
Original poster
Sep 5, 2008
Thanks that's very helpful - getting new HD fitted tomorrow.
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