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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Mar 04, 2010
    Unhappy Time Machine help needed, pretty please!

    Newbie here... Ive got myself into abit of a pickle and need some help...

    I was having alot of 'fun' with Bootcamp, and ended performing a Time Machine backup (which backs up onto my External HD), then completing a reformat and new Snow Leopard install onto my Macbook!

    I then discovered when trying to bring everything back with Time Machine, that my Ex HD had become corrupted, so I used Data Recovery 3 to recover everything from Ex HD to the Macbook.

    I then reformatted the Ex HD back to Mac OS X journaled. I moved everything back to the Ex HD successfully.

    ... My problem is when trying to initiate Time Machine, it wont recognise that theres a back up on my External Hard drive! (when I go into finder and select my Ex HD, I can see the back up in there... just cant start it)!

    Help :-(


    Macbook 10.6
    Ex HD - Formac 250

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Feb 25, 2010
    Mac Pro, Power Mac G4, iMac G3, iPhone 3GS
    I would assume that there's some kind of hidden file missing. Time Machine probably puts a file on the drive that marks it for use as backup. When you reformatted the disk, that file was lost.

    This is a presumption and a complete off-the-top-of-my-head guess.

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Mar 04, 2010
    That would make sense... so no chance of rescuing Time Machine back ups then as the ExHd has been reformatted :-(


    thanks tho


  4. #4

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    Member Since
    Jul 07, 2008
    Winchester, VA
    2011 MBP, 2008 iMac, iPhone 6, iPad mini, 13" MBP, AppleTV and MacMini
    Try right-click (Control-click) on Time Machine, then "Browse other Time Machine Disks..." and see if the existing backup appears.

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Mar 04, 2010
    Yeah I did, and it doesnt :-(

    This is all a pain as I had iLife 09 installed when I bought the Mac, with no installations disks. This now of course has gone too :-(

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