Time Machine restore on 2007 iMac with new HD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by clonreher, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. clonreher macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2008
    My 2007 24" iMac recently suffered HD failure. I managed to replace the HD, and to reinstall Leopard using the CPU Drop-in DVD that originally came with the machine.

    Before the HD failed, I had installed Mavericks and backed-up recently to Time Machine (on an external HD connected to my Time Capsule).

    Migration Assistant has not helped me get everything back to where it was (no Mavericks, and I am fairly sure a number of files/applications have not come across either).

    How do I get back to where I was?!

    I also have an MBP running Mavericks that I can (with the right guidance) use to create a bootable Mavericks drive if this is the way forward?
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You have the gear you need to make this work. Download the Recovery Disk Assistant from Apple to your MBP, then use that with a 1GB or larger USB key to make a recovery key. This does not contain the OS, but just the recovery partition.

    Now option key boot to the USB key on your iMac. Once the recovery screen comes up start Disk Utility then select the drive brand name at the very top (like 1TB Seagate or whatever) and erase the drive to Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Then quite Disk Util and click reinstall OS t the top. The ~5GB OS will DL and install. You will be asked for the AppleID you used to "purchase" Mavericks.

    Once the OS is installed yoyo will be asked to select a language and time zone then a setup assistant will start. Tell the setup assistant you want to import from a Time Machine backup and point it to the disk attached to the TC. That will import your account and all apps and data and you should be all set.
  3. clonreher thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2008
    That sounds great (and a lot more straightforward than what I have been trying so far)! I will give this a go over the next couple of days and report back with any problems.

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