View Full Version : Unable to restore User backup, target in use.

09-19-2009, 12:38 PM
I cannot restore from my User files backup as I get a message saying the home folder or those beneath it are in use by OS X. How do I restore this user without resorting to booting from a DVD?


09-19-2009, 01:13 PM
You'd have to restore folders individually...

09-19-2009, 01:19 PM
Thanks, but it refused the Desktop folder for the same reason.

I guess that 'User backup' is to get back individual files easily.

I shall boot from my install disc to perform the copy - once I've finished installing my applications. And I shall of course be doing a complete disk clone as I had the last time my disc drive failed!


09-19-2009, 01:21 PM
Be very careful. It's not easy to restore a user folder, and Disk Utility isn't going to be able to do it as such - you might be better off using SuperDuper! running from a USB stick with a basic OS install on it. Erase the folder first, of course, and then use "Backup - all files" with "Copy Newer" to integrate the Home Folder.