I have a desktop Mac and MacBook Air.

The MacBook Air has decided to die, so I want to restore the back up files in my Time Machine to my Mac desktop.

How do I do that?

It must be simple, but I can only get into the data for my Mac desktop.

1 Answer 1


⌥ alt/option-click the Time Machine icon in the menu bar and keep the key held whilst selecting Browse Other Backup Disks….

From there, you can select the other Mac and copy files.

  • Thanks for you quick reply but i only see select disk... no browse other backup disks... Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 16:03
  • @Barbara Are you selecting it from the menu bar? I've added a screenshot
    – grg
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 16:06
  • my menu bar under the latest backup and date says...Back-up now... Enter Time Machine...open ™ preferences Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 16:09
  • @BarbaraFranken are you clicking on the small circle with clock
    – Ruskes
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 16:35
  • @Buscar Yes, those are the correct options
    – grg
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 16:42

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