How can I recover data I backed up to my external hard drive with Time Machine?

nev nev August 4, 2012

How do I re-call information from my external hard disc (WD 1TB) connected through Time Machine.

  1. Siddhant Chaurasia
    October 24, 2012 at 3:17 am

    From System Preferences go to your time machine preferences

  2. Lisa Robertson
    October 13, 2012 at 12:25 am

    My icon on my desktop is always red and it used to be green. What do I need to do to get the icon green again?

    Also, when I backup my files it says "skipped" so how do I get the hard drive to backup all of my files?

  3. Paolo Maffezzoli
    October 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Open Spotlight and searchTime Machine, then restore files/folders through the Finder window.

  4. Katie Conway
    October 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Just open Time Machine and restore the contents through the application

  5. Kavita
    October 6, 2012 at 11:26 am

    time machine gives a restore option that...

  6. Emily Louis
    October 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Simply go to "Time Machine" in Settings and click enter time machine. From there you should be able to restore any file that you backed up.

  7. Saurav Azad
    September 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    just open the time machine application and restore back the computer from differen time machine backups .or just go to apples site for help on osx.

  8. John Bastin
    September 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    When you say "recall information," do you mean you want to just recover one file, or do a complete restore of your hard drive?
    To recover one file, click on the Time Machine icon in your Dock. The Time Machine window will open, showing a folder in the center and all the Time Machine backups, shown as single lines on the right side of your display.
    When you move the cursor over those lines at the right, it will display the date of each backup. Select the one that is old enough to contain the file you want and click on it. The display will move to show the state of the system at that point in time. Move through the windows to find the file you want to recover, then click the "Restore" button on the right of the Time Machine bar at the bottom.
    The software will ask you about copying versus replacing the file, what destination you want, and things like that. Then it will recover the file according to your instructions.
    Hope this helps.

  9. VictorGeis
    August 26, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    What I do is go to "System Preferences" then click "Time Machine" then tick the box "Show Time Machine status in menu bar". Then you can click on the status bar Time Machine icon and click "Enter Time Machine". From there you can restore your specific files.

  10. Stephanie Guertin
    August 15, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Do you need a full backup, or are you restoring only a selected file? If it's the first: boot up your Mac and open Migration Assistant (if you have a booting OS) or boot from the CD and run the installer (if you don't.) Pick 'migrate from a Time Machine backup or other disk' and then the Time Machine option. That will do everything.
    If you need just one file, open up Time Machine and navigate to the folder and the backup date that has your target file. Control-click on it and choose 'restore'. Done.

    • anand
      October 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Hi I've booted up my mac and does exactly as you suggest but the wheel in migration assistant keeps spinning and doesn't ever locate the time machine back up file on my external seagate drive thats plugged into the new machine I'm trying to migrate to. Any suggestions?

  11. Dan Bibb
    August 10, 2012 at 1:22 am

    You can enter time machine through the clock icon on the upper right side of your toolbar. You can also manually view your data through a Finder window.

  12. sampath widushan
    August 5, 2012 at 4:42 am
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