I've wiped my machine (to start over), and I'd like to restore some key files back (like pictures and stuff like that).

However, when I connect my Time Machine drive and open Migration Assistant, it can't find my Time Machine drive. I've even tried logging in as root and invoking the application; no dice. It can see one of my old machine's backup (pre-2009), but that's not really the one I want.

It might be a problem that the name of my machine somehow was changed to 'iMac 1 (2)' - and thus the folder in Backups.backupdb is named the same - could that be tripping up Migration Assistant?

  • Are you comfortable in terminal? When you mount the drive in finder, can you navigate to a recent backup time stamp folder? – bmike Nov 29 '13 at 5:22
  • Yep - everything's there, it's just a problem of getting Migration Assistant to see the drive. – Undo Nov 29 '13 at 5:27
  • So - what does ls -la show for the machine directories and next level? – bmike Nov 29 '13 at 5:42

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