Time machine backup trouble

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by HoundDog, Aug 22, 2014.

  1. HoundDog macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2014
    Hello to all,

    I am quite new user of Mac OS X.
    I made time machine backup on external disk drive which I borrowed from my friend. After I returned external disk drive I copied time machine backup (backups.backupd) to local drive (on desktop). Now I cannot use it.
    Can please someone help me out how can I get my files back? I reinstall system and I desperately need those files back as I need them for my job.

    Thanks in advance for all help.
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Try holding the option key while you click the Time Machine menulet and select browse other disks and see of that lets you open it.

    I'm honestly not sure if you can open it with it on the same drive you are running from though. I have never tried that.
  3. asriznet macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2013
    1 - how did you copied it to your local drive after returning it to your friend? just doesn't make sense to me.
    2- so it's on your desktop and u reinstalled the system, if you did an "erase and install", i'm sure it will wipe the desktop contents as well.
    3 - plus time machine will not work on the same partition of the OS so I don't understand why you have it copied to your desktop.

    The only way you can get the files back is to ask your friend for the external disk because that's your only copy of time machine available unless he wiped that disk drive too.

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