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At work we have a Time Machine drive on the network. I'm trying to restore one of our machine's backup to an external drive. When I boot into the Recovery HD, I can't reach the network drive. Is there a way to restore a Time Machine backup without booting to the Recovery HD?

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You can restore from a Time machine backup with the Migration Assistant app. You can find it at /Applications/Utilities/

I have never used it with networked Time Machine drives.

  • Thanks for the answer. I gave it a try but it only wants to restore to the internal drive. I need to restore to an external drive. – SSteve Mar 28 '13 at 20:19
  • I'm not clear what you are trying to achieve, what do you mean by restore a machine's backup to an external drive? Are you trying to restore an entire machine state or just one file? – jhuebsch Mar 28 '13 at 20:28
  • I'm trying to restore an entire machine state to an external drive. I think the drive in my co-worker's MBP is beginning to fail and I'd like to try booting from the external drive. – SSteve Mar 28 '13 at 22:03

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