02-28-2012 11:44 AM - edited 02-28-2012 11:44 AM
I have searched through this forum and WD's main site and cannot find help on ths rather basic question: If I have a massive failure of my computer (hardware dies, stolen, etc) how to I completely restore my time machine backup that is sitting somewhere (hidden to the user) to a new computer?
I am backing up fine to my WD Live NAS, and I can hop in to Time Machine (from my existing computer) to recover individual files, but I do not know how to do a complete restore if I was forced to recover to a new computer. This is one of those things that is kind of hard to test out until you need to do it!!!
I am guessing that I could boot an OS X Lion computer in Recovery mode and restore from a Time Machine volume and that presumably, the backups for the various computers would be available. Is that correct? I don't really have a spare, empty computer to try this with, so any feedback would help. I am mainly concerned with Disaster Recovery, and rarely use Time Machine to recover individual files that I have accidentally deleted, so I would appreciate any description of how to do a bare metal restore, when the Time Machine share is not 'visible'.
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02-29-2012 02:01 PM
Even when the share is not visible for manual transfer it will be accessible from Time Machine on any computer in your network..
I haven't try a full restore with the CD but I do not see a reason why it should not work.
You might wanna jump into apple forums to see if any one has done a full restore from a network drive.
03-20-2012 08:39 AM
I disagree that WD NAS Time Machine volume is accessible from any other computer on the network. I backup from my iMac, and from my (MacBook) laptop, I can see the volume, but can't mount it. When i invoke TM "Browse Other Time Mchine Disks" from the laptop, I get an empty list. If I try to mount the backup volume via the finder, I get a Connection Failure.