Restore Your Crashed Mac with Time Machine Backups



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I have recently had to replace the hard drive on my less than 2 year old MacBook Pro. It was covered with Apple Care. I have been performing a "Restore" on it using my Time Capsule Backup, transferring everything, including the applications and all. I have some pretty high end applications being piped back into the computer. I'm guessing around 400-500 GB is being transferred back into the computer from the Time Capsule via ethernet cable. I started the restore Friday around noon and it is now Sunday 12:05 a.m. and it has reached about 75% of the total transfer. My question is, should I be a little maybe a lot alarmed at how long this is taking? I'm afraid to stop it at this point, I've gone this long, I might as well stick it out. On the other hand, I'm hoping that at the end of all of this time, it doesn't give me a message that the transfer has failed. It seems unusually long. I was told to use the ethernet connection rather than transferring using wireless because the ehternet would be faster. Anyone have any thoughts on this or may have experienced a similar situation? I just hope all this time transferring is for nothing.



from a networked Time Machine backup? I'm backing up to a Netgear ReadyNAS Duo using the Time Machine hacks posted in numerous places. It seems to be working, but I'm curious if the method in this article is possible from that drive (maybe if I plug it directly into the mac?).


Michael Simon

If no backups can be found, there is a prompt to plug in an external drive, so you can try and see if the network drive is recognized. I doubt it, though, since Leopard only likes to play with Airport and Time Capsule. If not, just plug the drive into a USB/FireWire port temporarily.

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