Why can't TimeMachine restore from /Volumes/Time Machine Backups?

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  1. fearlessfool, Oct 10, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2014

    fearlessfool macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2009
    Setup: I have Mavericks running on a MacBook Pro. I backup to a ReadyNAS RAID array (via WiFi most of the time, via ethernet if I have a lot to xfer).

    My primary drive started failing, so I had it replaced with a 1TB SSD. (Yes, it's much faster than what I had before!!!) During initial setup, I asked it to restore from the TimeMachine backup.

    It restored some -- not all -- files. For example, files I had added to /Applications were not restored. But a bigger problem was in my home directory. Among other directories, ~/Projects (containing all my development projects) wasn't restored at all.

    Using the browser, I navigated to /Volumes/Time Machine Backups/Backups.backupdb/MacBookPoor, where I can see all the TM backups (including the symlink at Latest). I can also see various versions of my ~/Projects directory inside its subdirectories. Not surprisingly, not all versions contain all the files. For example, Latest/MacBookHD/Users/r/Projects only contains the two most recent projects I was working on.

    So I assume I need launch TimeMachine to restore the full set of Project directories. When I launch TimeMachine, I can see "Today"'s files, and I can see all the *dates* of previous backups. But I can't navigate to those previous backups: the dates are displayed in purple (as are the "forward" and "backward" buttons), and clicking on them has no effect.

    Since I can see the files under /Volumes/Time Machine Backups/*, I know the data is actually there. But I can't get TimeMachine to display them in order to restore them. Why isn't Time Machine able to access the backups?

    (P.S.: For the time being, I will keep TimeMachine backups disabled -- I don't want the system touching the known good Time Machine Backup files.)
  2. Bruno09, Oct 11, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2014

    Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
    Try this :

    once in Time Machine "Starwars" interface, select in the left side bar the name of the computer.

    Or hit : Cmd + Shift + c

    Before / after :

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  3. TeamSAM macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2014
    That did the trick- sorry I didn't see it before and thanks for pointing me in the right direction!

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