Time Capsule recovery problem

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by cdnredraider, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. cdnredraider macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2008
    My mother has a early 2009 24" iMac that was running Lion and the HD died last week. I ordered a new one and installed it. I used the Snow Leopard disk to format the drive and then ran a restore from the Time Capsule.

    Now, when it boots up, it makes it to the log-in screen, but none of the passwords work. The hints are all the same but no luck on the passwords. It appears the log-in screen is the Snow Leopard log-in screen. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it.

    Any suggestions?
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    Hmm, when you used the Snow Leopard disk, did you install Snow Leopard with it after the format, then restored Time Machine the first time it booted? If so, reformat the machine then do Utilities>Restore from Time Machine Backup on the disk instead of installing Snow Leopard first. That will get the operating system from the backup instead of just user files.
  3. cdnredraider thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2008
    I did not install Snow Leopard first. At the very first option menu, I installed from Time Machine back-up instead of a new Snow Leopard install.

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