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10.5: Repair Time Machine after logic board changes
Authored by: rnsteel on Mar 28, '08 03:17:41PM

Can anyone help? This only half worked for me...

I got a new machine and transferred all my files and settings, so I ran into this same problem with my previous backups. They weren't showing up in TM, and it created a new folder MyComputer 2 instead of continuing to use folder MyComputer.

I followed these instructions and was successful in renaming the hidden system ID file and reseting the BackupMachineAddress attribute. I can now see my old backups in TM. However, for my next scheduled backup, it still created a new folder MyComputer 2 and copied my entire hard drive into it. I can't access these latest backups in TM -- it only shows the old ones in the MyComputer folder, not any of the newer ones it has been creating in MyComputer 2. I went back into Terminal and checked what the BackupMachineAddress attribute was for both folders, and they are the same (the correct, new MAC address). There is just one hidden file still and it is also correctly named with the new MAC address.

Of course, ideally I would like to access all my backups through TM, but at this point, I would be happy just going back to being able to access my most recent backups through TM and the old ones from my previous machine through the Finder, since eventually I will just delete those to free up the space.

Can anyone help?

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