Time Machine Help

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  1. eenorviel macrumors newbie

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    I was backing up my computer today and apparently my hard drive filled up in the middle of the back up so I got a notification telling me that Time Machine had deleted an older back up to make room for it. I need things that are on that back up...is there any way to recover it?
    Thanks so much!
     
  2. mbestel macrumors member

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    Probably not...

    Hi,

    If the new backup over-wrote the blocks that the old one was on, then no.

    Essentially that old backup / data is gone.

    Time Machine isn't really an archival backup system, it is more of an "oops I deleted that file" or recovery backup.

    Maybe someone else has some ideas.

    Sorry.

    Cheers,

    Mark
     
  3. eenorviel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    it didn't say that it overwrote it, it just aid that it was full so it erased previous backups from my hard drive.

    Thanks though!
     
  4. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Time Machine erases old backups when it has no room left to save new ones. The newest backup is written over the space on the HD where the old one resided. That's what they mean by "erase". No, unless you have that data backed up elsewhere I think you will find it to be unrecoverable, sorry. Time Machine backups are incremental. Are you sure the data you needed isn't on the next to last backup as well? ;)
     
  5. eenorviel thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thank you!

    if you delete pictures out of iphoto, they aren't stored anywhere else, correct?
     
  6. AdamA9 macrumors 6502a

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    Depends how you delete them, if by an album you've created then no, if from the events, then yes.
     
  7. pit29 macrumors 6502a

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    So does it delete from the first backup as well? I'm wondering, because that way it wouldn't be possible to get a TimeMachine restore from the time point on that TimeMachine starts erasing older backups.
     
  8. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    Start with te bascs.
    1. Have you had a look in TM to see if the files you want are there?

    2. If they aren't, they are gone and you cant get them back.
     
  9. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Think of a Time Machine backup as a snapshot of your system. Any files present at the time of the erased backup (snapshot) that were removed before the next backup (snapshot) will be gone.
     
  10. mbestel macrumors member

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    Trash?

    Did you empty the iPhoto trash?

    Maybe they're still there?
     

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