Time Machine has no system to restore!

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by ooblio, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. ooblio macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2011
    First time on the board, but I'm frantic. My wife's macbook air (late 2008) had it's hard drive die for the 2nd time in two years, but at least after the first one, I bought the 750GB time capsule/time machine, so we've been backing up hourly ever since. I've had my hard drive die since then, and the restore was flawless.

    But this time, we brought the computer back home after the hard drive was replaced, rebooted with the snowleopard disk, and restored. The new hard drive then died after the restore, but before the next backup could start. The mac dealer who replaced the drive said they'd replace the drive at no charge.

    But when I got the MBA home, started to restore the system, and it tells me there are no OSX systems to restore! A look around the web for advice discovered a factoid that says as soon as you restore, all the backups are made unavailable, and so be sure to back up again right away.

    See the problem? I still need to restore from the last backup, but time machine doesn't acknowledge them. If I use finder from my iMac to look at the time machine disk, I can still see directories and subdirectories that look like the last backups of the MBA's drive.

    How can I restore if I can't restore!?? Please help.

    Dave in Calgary
  2. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2008
    USA (Virginia)
    I think there's some info on this page that might help you: I can't see some backups

    For example:

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