Unable to restore Time Machine Drive using Disk Utility

Discussion in 'macOS' started by markw10, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. markw10 macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    I had a drive fail recently and it was the 2nd hard drive in my system that was only for data. It was not the primary system drive. I have a 3rd hard drive in the system which is a Time Machine Backup drive and Time Machine backs up both of my first two hard drives.
    I just got the hard drive replaced so have installed it in my system and formatted the drive with the same name as the original drive that failed.
    Here is my problem:
    I earlier posted about how to best do a restore and the main suggestion was to go into Disk Utility, click on the new drive that replaced the crashed drive, click the Reestore tab, and then go to destination and select the destination which I put as the drive that had failed but is now replaced, I then click on Image in the Source section and select my Time Machine drive, my backups file, and go to the most recent backup that contained this drive that failed. Yet I can select it or any of the files on the hard drive but the open option is greyed out on this screen. The cancel button is the only active button.
    Is there something I am doing wrong? Is there another way to restore this drive?
    Thank you for your help.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I'm having a hard time getting a handle as to exactly what your situation is based on your somewhat confusing explanation, but try using migration assistant.
  3. markw10 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    How do I access Migration Assistant?
    The way my system is set up is I a Mac Pro and have two hard drives, the main system drive and a second drive which I call a data drive. This is the drive which I just store extra data files such as video editing I'm working on.
    The 2nd data drive is the drive that failed. I have a 3rd drive in my system which is the Time Machine drive which backs up both drives, the main system drive and the data drive.
    I have replaced the 2nd drive, the data drive, that had failed with a new drive and formatted it. The problem I'm having is how to restore that 2nd data drive. Disk Utility didn't work and when I try to do a reboot and boot from the Mac OS X DVD it seems to want to restore the system drive.
    Is there a way to simply restore the 2nd drive from the Time Machine backup?

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