I backed up an old laptop via Time Machine to an SSD ~1 year ago. Now, I'm trying to browse/restore the files on that SSD, but when I connect the SSD to my current (OSX) laptop, it is not recognized as anything special at all!

I see what you would expect when connecting this Samsung T5 drive for the first time: an empty file system except for Samsung's own programs. However, the size of the drive is only 44MB (down from a listed size of 500GB).

I'm not sure what's going on here, any ideas?

  • did you verify the back up ? what was the OS on old laptop and what is it on new laptop
    – Ruskes
    Commented Nov 25, 2023 at 3:36
  • @Ruskes I only verified the backup through Time Machine itself (as opposed to loading on another computer). Old = Monterey, New = Ventura
    – linkedin
    Commented Nov 25, 2023 at 3:51

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Ok, this was my fault. I stupidly put the Time Machine backup behind Samsung's horrendous password protection.

Of course, the drivers didn't work on macOS for some reason so I had to load it on Windows, disable the security, then I could load it.

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