Time machine backups

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Luc4, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. Luc4 macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2008
    Hi! I just did my show... :) I spilled some coffee on my macbook. Seemed to work, but keyboard was gone... anyway, I turned it off and I'm waiting for it to dry. I don't know the real amount of the damages. I know that maybe I will have to bury it, but I have another problem...

    Computers store enormous amount of important information nowadays... like, for instance, my thesis, very useful in a few months when I'm taking my degree in engineering :) I have some backups but... the most recent of them were taken by time machine... so I have two questions:

    1. In the worst situation, in which I have to buy a completely new macbook because mine drowned in my 5 o'clock coffee... :) will I be able to get my thesis from my time machine backups? I mean, the HD won't be the same, will it be possible?
    2. Now, I'm working on my Linux system... I see it can access the time machine HD... but I can't understand how it is organised. Is it possible to get my thesis (LyX file) with my Linux system? I guess it is not... but I ask it anyway.

    Thanks for any information you can give me!
  2. BobZune macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    1. Yes, you can. You can search for --> restoring from Time Machine <-- or similar phrase for steps. It is pretty easy and you can restore the whole machine that way.

    2. It is not much fun to use a non-TM-aware system. See http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20080623213342356 for a way to do it from Linux. For a file or two, it may not be very painful.
  3. gotenks05 macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2009
    Yes, you can, you can navigate in to where the file is on your hard drive and copy it back on. Also, from my experience of reinstalling Mac OS X Leopard many times, you should be able to import the data from time machine at the time of setting up your computer with a user name & such.

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