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Time Machine Inherited Backups Not Accessible

RossH51

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Mar 24, 2016
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I have upgraded to 2020 iMac. Time Machine came over in Migration and at first use allowed me to Inherit Backup from previous machine (2015 iMac on Catalina). When I run TM I can see older backups on the right hand bar but they are all a lighter red shade. Clicking on them does not access the ™ backup. Backups made on new iMac with ™ working normally.
Any suggestions on changes to allow access?
 

DamonOrl

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Jul 27, 2020
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I think something similar happened to me when I bought my 2017 iMac. I ended up blowing the entire backup away and started from scratch with the new iMac. I bought a 2020 iMac I’m waiting on. I’ll probably do the same on that, if I see issues. I actually have two Time Machine drives now, as my first one is getting up there in years and makes some noises every so often.
 
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MSastre

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I've never used TM and do not intend to. I much prefer having up to date cloned copies of my drive. Much easier to restore and/or transfer.
 
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RossH51

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Mar 24, 2016
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I've never used TM and do not intend to. I much prefer having up to date cloned copies of my drive. Much easier to restore and/or transfer.

My alternate backup is Carbon Copy Clone, which is working well fortunately! But TM is very convenient for the occasional older file. It has lost usefulness with the inability to directly recover mail items. It can be done but is more difficult indirectly.


I will probably start from scratch again if no-one here has any suggestions that work.
 
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Brian33

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While in the Time Machine interface, try typing Shift-Command-C (Finder's shortcut for Go-->Computer).

I had backups once that seemed inaccessible until someone told me that trick. It worked for me.
 
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RossH51

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Mar 24, 2016
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While in the Time Machine interface, try typing Shift-Command-C (Finder's shortcut for Go-->Computer).

I had backups once that seemed inaccessible until someone told me that trick. It worked for me.
That works. It is a little indirect but works perfectly. Thank you.
One odd thing is that on Restore it asks about re-creating original Enclosing Folder or New location. Choosing Recreate seems to simply put it in original location on current folder.

All good.
 
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