Time Machine recovery for HDD in SSD/HDD combo setup

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by CibbySF, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. CibbySF macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2014
    I have a MBP w an SSD and HDD. I backup the entire system in Time Machine. The HDD just failed, so I want to replace the drive and restore it to its previous state. Can I do that from Time Machine, and if so how?
  2. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    From here (refers to Lion but is same for ML & Mavericks AFAIK)


    "Open a window for the item you want to restore.
    For example, if you accidentally deleted a file from your Documents folder, open the Documents folder. To recover an email message, open your inbox in Mail. To recover an iCloud document, open the document’s app, choose File > Open, and then click iCloud to view the iCloud documents for that app.

    If you’re missing an item from the desktop, you don’t need to open a window.

    From the Time Machine menu in the menu bar, choose Enter Time Machine. A message may briefly appear while your computer connects to the backup disk.
    Use the arrows or the timeline along the right side of your screen to browse through all the snapshots and backups Time Machine created.
    White tick marks on the timeline represent snapshots stored on your internal drive (portable computers only). Pink tick marks represent backups stored on your backup disk. If a tick mark appears dimmed or grayed, there’s no backup available or the backup disk is not connected.

    If you need more information about an item, double-click to preview it.
    The windows in Time Machine behave just like Finder windows, so you can open folders, click items in the sidebar, and use the search field in the upper-right corner of the window.

    When you find the item you want to restore, select it, and then click Restore. You can restore individual items, multiple items, folders, or your entire hard disk.
    The restored item is returned to its original location. For example, if the item was found in the Documents folder, it is returned to the Documents folder. Time Machine may ask if you want to re-create one or more folders in order to return a restored item to its original location."

    So enter TM, go to the drive that you have replaced and formatted, select the folders and click Restore...

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