What is the scope of Time Machine?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Lancer X, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Lancer X macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2009
    Relatively new Mac user here. I need to do a full restore from Time Machine, but my first few attempts haven't gone well.

    I had been led to believe that Time Machine would basically produce the exact state your computer was in at the time of backup. However, my Dock is back to the default state, iTunes no longer seems to contain my library, my Spaces settings are gone, etc., etc.

    My applications and data seem to be there, but a lot of settings are gone - has this been others' experience as well? :confused:
  2. Blair230 macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2009
    Near Philly
    Time Machine should do a complete restore as long as you havent excluded certain files from your Time Machine backup.

    How are you trying to do the restore? Starting up from the DVD, and selecting the "Restore from TM backup" option?
  3. Lancer X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2009
    The first time, I booted from my Snow Leopard install disk, created a single-partition drive, and erased it. I then chose the "Restore from TM backup" option on the DL disk.

    The restore process said it completed successfully, but upon my first reboot, it hung up on a light blue screen with a spinning "working" icon that flashed slowly on and off. Left it go for hours, came home from work - still hung up.

    I tried the above process again, with the same results.

    Next, I tried installing Snow Leopard to the drive first. This worked fine, reboots no problem. I then used the Migration Assistant and my Time Machine backup. It completed, but my desktop and Dock were still the install defaults, my Spaces settings were gone, iTunes contained no library, etc.

    This morning, I booted from the SL install disk and initiated a Restore from Time Machine over top of the existing new SL install. We'll see how that went when I get home...
  4. Lancer X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2009
    I'll also explain why I'm doing the Time Machine rescue, in case that's relevant.

    I had tried to install Windows XP via Boot Camp, but my XP install disc was only Service Pack 1. Don't do this, people. Boot Camp installs of XP require SP2 or higher on the install disk!! Boot Camp installs of XP SP1 will fail, and also hose up your OSX partition. :eek:
  5. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    I have both restored from a time machine backup and ‘migrated’ all my stuff from my old hard drive to my new one (the old one still being bootable). Both went successfully and everything was the same as it was before. All my user created services are still there, Terminal tweaks are still in effect, etc.

    I can’t imagine what is going wrong here unless it is user error, IE excluding files when restoring.
  6. Lancer X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2009
    No, didn't use any custom settings or anything for Time machine. Just turned it on and told it to do its thing.

    I'm doing a new Restore from a week-older backup to see if that makes a difference.

    I'd been using a backup from the morning before my Boot Camp screwup. Every time, just hangs up on the light blue screen with the spinning "working" icon that flashes on and off.

    Getting kind of frustrated. I switched to Apple to avoid just this kind of BS... :(
  7. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    Sounds like something went wrong with your backups.

    How long does it take for you to restore? Last time it took close to three hours to restore 80 gigs or so for me.
  8. Lancer X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2009
    I have about the same ~100 Gb and it estimated to 3-4 hours I think. (Usually started it before bed or leaving for work...)
  9. Corndog5595 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    I dont understand why restoring from a TM backup takes so long. Migrating form one HDD to another took about an hour and when I booted up the only thing that was missing was Snow Leopard updates. Restoring from a backup too close to 3 hours.
  10. Lancer X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2009
    I fixed my problem by Restoring my Boot Camp backup from the install disk, and then re-installing Snow Leopard over top of it. Whatever the boot hitch was, the SL install fixes it. My iMac is now exactly as it was Monday morning! :D

    BTW, Repair (from Disk Utility) on the broken Restored HD did not work.

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