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    Time Machine: Looking for documents on a "retired" backup drive
    My dedicated time machine backup drive recently announced that it was full and I replaced it with new. The new drive is operating properly.

    I now have the need to look up a few documents on the "retired," full disk. That disk mounts but time machine doesn't recognize that it is there. How do I access information on the retired" disk?

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    Time Machine: Looking for documents on a "retired" backup drive
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    Welcome to our forums.

    When you mounted your old Time Machine backup drive, did you change drives by identifying the old drive as your Time Machine drive? Unless you do that, the Time Machine program will not "see" the old drive and open the old backups correctly.

    Most of us in these forums recommend using cloning software in addition to Time Machine. (just as a point of info)

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    Time Machine: Looking for documents on a "retired" backup drive
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    A warm welcome to Mac-Forums, schuetz1619. And thank you for your post.

    When you reconnect your older Time Machine to the Mac, how are you looking for these lost documents?

    There is a specific way you have to do this. Assuming that you have not upgraded your Mac OS since you created the older TM, the usual way of doing this is to open the site which previously held that document on your Mac - I assume "Documents", but wherever, then click on the TM icon on the top menu bar and choose "Enter Time Machine". Then, on the right, go back to a date when you are confident the lost document existed, search for it, find it, then hit Restore.

    If you can't recall where that document was stored, you can search for it in the Search Bar of Time Machine as long as you have some idea of its name. Once found, hit Restore.

    Please post back. We can guide you further if needed. We are here to assist.

    Ian

    Do NOT try this through Finder.
    Ian

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    Time Machine: Looking for documents on a "retired" backup drive
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    Admin chscag's comments are highly relevant and should be seen in conjunction with mine.

    Ian
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    Time Machine: Looking for documents on a "retired" backup drive
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    When you click on the Time Machine Icon in the top menu bar, hold "option" down and that will give you the option to browse other backup drives.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    When you click on the Time Machine Icon in the top menu bar, hold "option" down and that will give you the option to browse other backup drives.
    Thanks to all for your input. The promptness was staggering.

    I am familiar with the use of Time Machine and have been using it for two years, during which time I filled one eternal HD. By chance, I upgraded from 10.12 to 10.14 at the same time I grades out the first disk.

    This (option key) is the silver bullet I was looking for, and all is now well.

    How does one find a comprehensive index (if one exists) of such Mac OS10 "tricks"? I would never have found this but for your help.

    Thank you again!
    Last edited by schuetz1619; 04-01-2020 at 06:31 PM. Reason: poor proofreading

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    Time Machine: Looking for documents on a "retired" backup drive
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    How does one find a comprehensive index (if one exists) of such Mac OS10 "tricks"? I would never have found this but for your help.
    Hang around here. Ask questions. Read what other people find/do to solve problems.

    And welcome to the forum!
    Jake

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    Time Machine: Looking for documents on a "retired" backup drive
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    Yep, the only source of tips like these are, to my knowledge, right here on this forum. I have learned so much and gained so much pleasure from passing on what I have learned over the years, perhaps you will too.
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