View Full Version : Restore from Time Capsule?

06-19-2008, 11:59 AM
I am successfully backing up to my TC with SD!.

I have not needed to restore (knock on wood)

Has anyone successfully restored from a Time Capsule?

If so, what would the process be?

Restart from the Installer Disk, and use Disk Utility?
Do I need to install the OS FIRST, or will Disk Utility just "install" my entire SD backup?

Please fill me in on the proper steps, for "possible" future reference.


06-19-2008, 12:03 PM
You'll need a full install of OSX on something (flash drive, other disk, something). You'd then connect to the Time Capsule and follow the steps in the User's Guide to restore.

06-19-2008, 12:25 PM
Thanks Dave.

One quick question:

If my only option is to reinstall to my internal macbook pro's drive (no other flash drives, FW drives, etc.) - is restoring from my SD backup still possible?

For example, my internal HD goes south.
I install a new one, and install Leopard from the install disk.
Re-install SD!
Get TC up and running.

At this point, when I do a restore, will all my system files, apps, preferences, etc. from my SD backup overwrite the "fresh install" files - and I will be up and running like just before the HD crash?

Is it even possible to backup to you startup drive? Or should I be looking for an alternate backup solution?

My wife has a macbook. Would I be able to use Target Disk Mode?

Please fill me in on anything I may have missed.

Thanks again Dave.

06-19-2008, 12:37 PM
You can't restore to the drive you're running from. But your wife's macbook, using FW Target Disk mode, will work fine.

06-19-2008, 12:51 PM
Got it.

Target Disk Mode
Format the drive
Load the backup

Thanks again.