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Time Machine restore failure

by vlook / October 10, 2009 2:32 PM PDT

Following my internal startup disk failure (System v. 10.5.8) on a G5 (mid-2004) I am trying to restore it from the Time Machine backup folder Backups.backupdb located on an external 1TB WD called ?Time Machine Backups? also containing additional folders with other backups.

The internal startup now has only Sys. v.10.5. installed from Apple?s disk.

Using Leopard?s start-up disk to ?Restore System from Backup? it finds the 1TB WD disk called ?Time Machine Backups?. After clicking on ?continue? the next window reads ?No Mac OSX System Backup Found?.

The backup folder called ?Backups.backupdb? begins on 5-13-09 with 7 day backup intervals to 7-30-09. The month of August only contains 4 backups. The month of September shows daily backups.

Any help as to why TM is unable to find any of my clearly visible OSX System Backups up to 9-30-09, on the WD external drive would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, Chris

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Possible cause,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 10, 2009 11:59 PM PDT

You mentioned that you are using the Leopard start-up disk to restore.

Do you mean that your G5 is booted from the OS X installation disk?
If so, this could be the problem.

Boot the G5 from the internal, probably new, hard drive. The one on which you installed OS X 10.5

As part of the initial setup, the question is asked about moving data from somewhere else. Choose Time Machine here and continue.

Of course, if that is already what you have been doing........


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Re RESTORE failure
by cmc131 / October 11, 2009 12:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Possible cause,

Thank you for your king reply. Indeed I am using the System disk. Your suggestion to use the internal drive was already followed and I received the same message: No OSX available, despite the data being clearly visible inside my external TM backup folder. Thank you kindly.

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