My iMac’s hard drive failed, and I decided to go back to a PC. How do I retrieve the data that is in my Time Capsule backup?
I wouldn’t want or expect to be able to do a complete restore, but I would like to move my photos, music and documents over to the new PC (running on Windows 8). I’ve installed the AirPort Utility for Windows, so the Time Capsule appears under ‘Network Locations’ in the ‘This PC’ window.
There are two folders inside the Time Capsule folder – ‘iMac.sparsebundle’ (last updated 10/9/14) and ‘Desktop’ (last updated 7/10/13). There are only two items in the iMac.sparsebundle folder that have been modified recently enough to contain my backed up data – a file called ‘com.apple.TimeMachineID’ (which is only 1 KB) and a folder called ‘bands’. The ‘bands’ folder just has hundreds of files which are all 8192 KB.
So now I’m panicking. Does this mean I don’t actually have a backup in the Time Capsule? What do I do next?
I saw a previous post from May 2012 that was similar, except that the user was only looking to retrieve media (not backups) and was running Windows 7. I am trying to get data out of the airport backup. Thank you for any insight you can offer!