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10.5: How to pull Time Capsule data for dead drives System 10.5
My secondary hard drive died suddenly and wouldn't mount. I figured this wouldn't be a problem since I have Time Machine backing up to a Time Capsule. So I fired up Time Machine, but I can't browse to my second hard drive since it does not exist on my computer. Even if the drive was on my computer and malfunctioning, Time Machine would try to restore data to that same faulty drive. So, what to do?

Mount the disk image stored in Time Capsule (skip the verification), browse to the most recent date, and there you'll see a folder for every hard drive on your system. You can recover your data from there and put it in any available drive.
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10.5: How to pull Time Capsule data for dead drives
Authored by: asmeurer on Nov 05, '08 08:15:18AM

My problem is that my Time Machine drive is dead. It has directory problems that Disk utility can't fix, and it won't let me mount it. Any idea how I can recover that?



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10.5: How to pull Time Capsule data for dead drives
Authored by: xanadu420 on Nov 05, '08 08:24:57AM

Disk Utility is pretty wimpy when it comes to repairing file systems; try Disk Warrior or TechTool -- you might have a copy of one of them if you bought AppleCare. If you can still see the file system in Disk Utility than chances are pretty good you can recover at least some of the data with Disk Warrior (in my experience).



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10.5: How to pull Time Capsule data for dead drives
Authored by: boxcarl on Nov 05, '08 08:37:32AM

The backup's dead, but you still have your original data, right? If so, throw the backup drive out the window. It's not worth your time to backup to a faulty drive, even if you think you can fix it, you'll never be able to trust it.



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Official solution
Authored by: hamarkus on Nov 05, '08 09:18:34AM

I think the official way is to enter the TM interface, go back in time to a backup when the disk in question was still working, click on the 'This Mac' uppermost level in the 'Finder' sidebar and your drive should show up.



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