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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Apr 14, 2009
    Time Machine - has anyone used it to recover their HD

    I've been using Time Machine to back up my 1 TB hard drive, which is about 75% full. I use a 1.5 TB HD as my backup.

    What I'm wondering is if anyone has had any experience actually relying on Time Machine to recover all their files after a HD crash. In the event of a crash, I want to be able to buy a new Mac, plug in my 1.5 TB backup drive, and restore my HD to what it was before the crash, with all the files, programs, etc.

    My friend said that Time Machine is good for retrieving, say, a file that he accidentally deleted. But is it good for my purposes as well, or should I be doing something different. Manually backing up my data by doing compares and copying over changed files periodically is another option, but is certainly alot more work than letting TM do it's thing.

    Any comments?

  2. #2

    TattooedMac's Avatar
    Member Since
    May 19, 2009
    Waiting for a mate . . .
    21" iMac 2.9Ghz 16GB RAM - 10.11.3, iPhone6s & iPad Air 2 - iOS 9.2.1, ATV 4Th Gen tvOS, ATV3
    You cant use TM as a bootable HD if your fails. If you really want to be safe you need to make another partition on your ext and make a bootable clone using either Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper.

    TM is good to retrieve files when you need them but it isnt bootable.

    When your HD fails with either of the others you can boot from the Ext and use you MAc without a problem until you can replace your Internal.

    Personally i like and use SD as my clone and as a separate backup.
    It really is a must in this day and age.
    Hope this helps some


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    clayneal's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 27, 2009
    Lincoln Nebraska
    late 08 macbook 2.0 4gig 320hdd10.7.3 32 gig iPhone 4s
    Perhaps this will answer some of your questions.
    Mac 101: Time Machine

    And as my friend TattooedMac has said a good bootable back up is also very nice to have . Personally I use carbon Copy as well as time machine.


  4. #4

    Kash's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 03, 2006
    Irvine, CA
    Black Macbook C2D 2GHz 3GB RAM 250GB HD iPhone 4 iPad 3G
    While a Time Machine backup is not bootable, it can certainly do what you're asking. Just fire up the OS X setup from the disc, then use the option to restore from a Time Machine backup. It'll copy over the necessary files and you'll pick up exactly where you left off.

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  5. #5

    Member Since
    Sep 07, 2008
    Shakopee, MN
    iMac, late 2012 model, 21"
    Time Machine can indeed do what you are asking. I updgraded the hard drive on my MacBook a while ago, and after re-installing OS X, I was asked if I wanted to restore my computer from a Time Machine back up. I selected yes, and it copied all of my files and settings back to the computer exactly the way I left them on the old hard drive. It was literally like turning on my computer again, only now I had an additional 200GB of storage.

    Have fun!

  6. #6

    Member Since
    Sep 19, 2009
    UK - Newcastle
    Mac Pro 2.26GHz 8-Core
    +1 for Time Machine and Carbon Copy. Very good

    I used Time Machine last month on a new drive and it worked with no problems. Like most Mac stuff.

  7. #7

    Jaygray's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 04, 2008
    Unibody MacBook Pro 2.26, 4gb RAM, 500gb HD
    I've never used it to restore after a HD failure, but I did use it to transfer all my apps and files from a whitebook to my new unibody MBP and it worked flawlessly.

    +1 for TM

  8. #8
    I recently used TM to restore my hard drive. I didn't have a crash, I just wiped it to test TM's restore ability (I also had a "bootable clone" on another drive so I wasn't worried).

    It worked PERFECTLY. I was really impressed.

  9. #9

    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    Same here. Time Machine in combination with cloning software is a great safety net. Like chas_M, I too have restored an entire hard drive from a Time Machine backup, and like he said... I also had a bootable CCC backup standing by "just in case".


  10. #10

    Member Since
    Feb 04, 2010
    Time Machine with Snow Leopard Works!
    With Snow Leopard, Time Machine is available off the Install/Upgrade disk so no other software is needed. Just pop the new disk in (its really easy if you have the right screwdriver), boot the Snow Leopard DVD, go to DIsk Utilities to partition/format the disk, plug in you old disk thru a usb, then go to utilities/Time Machine and restore to whatever point you want.

    Note: Time Machine is pretty fast. I restored about 100 GB is less that 2 hours.

    Also Note: OS X disks prior to Snow Leopard don't have this option???

  11. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by GXT View Post
    Also Note: OS X disks prior to Snow Leopard don't have this option???
    No, that's incorrect. Time Machine was introduced with Leopard and is included on Leopard OS disks.

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