Timemachine between leopard and snow leopard

Discussion in 'macOS' started by aicul, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. aicul macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2007
    no cars, only boats

    Anyone know for sure what happens when you migrate a mac to snow leopard and suddenly want to recover a file that was backed-up by timemachine when the mac was in leopard?

    Will the file be recoverable?

  2. netnothing macrumors 68040


    Mar 13, 2007
    I can confirm that SL can access and restore files from a previous TM backup drive that was used for Leopard. I did a clean install of SL on my Mac Pro, and also bought a new external drive to use for SL TM backups. However, I kept my old Leopard external drive.

    Holding down option while clicking on the TM icon in the menu bar allows you to Browse other TM disks.

    I just now browsed that Leopard TM disk and was able to restore a file from 12/2008 just fine onto my SL machine.

    Now, if you did the upgrade and are using the same TM backup.....I believe that should work as well (although I don't have one to test).


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