Time Machine didn't work - I think?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mugwumper, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. Mugwumper macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2008
    Temecula, CA
    Hi -

    I just took delivery of a refurb'd 3.06GHz 24" iMac, and used my Time
    Machine backup disk to download apps and files. After 2.5 hours, it was
    finished, and I rebooted, expecting to find the mirror of what was on my
    G5 iMac (10.5.6, iLife '09, etc.). However, it wasn't - it was a hodgepodge
    of 10.5.4, no iLife '09 or iWork '09, no printers installed, etc. It's taken me
    most of today to get back to the 10.5.6 world I had on the G5 . . .

    My Time Machine disk (.75TB) has been keeping copies of my G5's 250GB
    disk since July 2008, and has only used about half of the available disk space.

    Is what I experienced a "failure"? Or "typical"?

    Thanks . . .

  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    That's typical. When you use the install disks to restore, you get the version of OS X that's located on the disks, with the files and applications restored from your backup. Just patch up and you should be back where you were to begin with.

    Normally when you know you're going to be changing disks, I suggest using Carbon Copy Cloner to back up rather than Time Machine.

    Since Time Machine makes incremental backups, it normally takes a long time to fill a drive, even with many backups. Each subsequent backup after the first one is often quite small.
  3. BobZune macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
  4. Mugwumper thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2008
    Temecula, CA
    Now I understand . . . ;^)

    Thanks for both the responses . . . I guess I didn't even consider using
    my cloned backup FW disk, based on what a Genius (or AppleCare guy?)
    told me last year. Live and learn . . .

    It's not a big deal, and I am up and running with just a few "gotchas"
    like trying to run PPC s/w on an Intel machine. ;^) I really like this iMac -
    but I also said that about my G4 and G5 in years gone by. Still, going from
    17" to 20" and now 24" is amazing, plus 800MHz to 2GHz to 3.06GHz makes
    things go real fast! ;^)

    I'm now playing with Sun's VirtualBox - XP Pro on the iMac really seems
    faster than it is on this new FoxConn PC that I'm writing this on . . .

    Thanks again!
  5. BobZune macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    You are welcome. Enjoy the machine. I am up for a Mac Pro soon .... ;)

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