Time Machine - what good is it

Created at: 2021-03-07 07:53:20
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Using a iMac Retina Mid-2015, running OS X 10.11.6 (for a good reason). Beginning in mid October, 2020 I began backing up my entire system (approximately 600MB) to 2TB SSD external drive, using Time Machine. Around December, 2020 I began having problems (specifically involving Photoshop CS6).Being that I had installed a complete Operating System on one volume of my external drive, I was able to boot up (holding Option) to the OS on my external drive. Meanwhile I continued to experience additional problems involving software. I contacted Apple Support and was told to download a fresh Operating System (again, OS X 10.11. El Capitan). I was able to do this but when I went to install (over-write) my internal HD OS, it wouldn't allow me to do this and every time I attempted to re-start my computer, it insisted on booting up from the Operating System on my external drive. Then I was told (by Apple Support) to use Migration Assistant to "re-store" my entire system from my external drive............this is where I discovered Time Machine is a piece of crap! Although I know my computer (my system) was operating perfectly back in November, 2020 I discovered that one cannot go back in the timeline in Time Machine. WHAT!!!! Wudda mean I can't restore from an earlier date? Why does Time Machine even show a "timeline" if one cannot go back to a point (in time) when everything was working fine? I was told that one can back up ONLY from the most recent back-up date. Now I ask - what sense does it make to make hourly back-ups if one cannot go back to an earlier time of back-up and re-store one's computer to the point and condition it was when everything was working fine. Since, I have had a 2TB SSD drive installed in my iMac. This required the technician who installed the SSD drive to "manually" and tediously drag each and every application, file, folder, etc, etc out of the external drive into my internal drive. Everything is working fine at this point but the question remains: What the **** good is Time Machine if the application doesn't allow one to go back in time and restore one's computer from an earlier date?

Answer #1:

By: Mr. Henri Terry

Using a iMac Retina Mid-2015, running OS X 10.11.6 (for a good reason). Beginning in mid October, 2020 I began backing up my entire system (approximately 600MB) to 2TB SSD external drive, using Time Machine. Around December, 2020 I began having problems (specifically involving Photoshop CS6).Being that I had installed a complete Operating System on one volume of my external drive, I was able to boot up (holding Option) to the OS on my external drive. Meanwhile I continued to experience additional problems involving software. I contacted Apple Support and was told to download a fresh Operating System (again, OS X 10.11. El Capitan). I was able to do this but when I went to install (over-write) my internal HD OS, it wouldn't allow me to do this and every time I attempted to re-start my computer, it insisted on booting up from the Operating System on my external drive. Then I was told (by Apple Support) to use Migration Assistant to "re-store" my entire system from my external drive............this is where I discovered Time Machine is a piece of crap! Although I know my computer (my system) was operating perfectly back in November, 2020 I discovered that one cannot go back in the timeline in Time Machine. WHAT!!!! Wudda mean I can't restore from an earlier date? Why does Time Machine even show a "timeline" if one cannot go back to a point (in time) when everything was working fine? I was told that one can back up ONLY from the most recent back-up date. Now I ask - what sense does it make to make hourly back-ups if one cannot go back to an earlier time of back-up and re-store one's computer to the point and condition it was when everything was working fine. Since, I have had a 2TB SSD drive installed in my iMac. This required the technician who installed the SSD drive to "manually" and tediously drag each and every application, file, folder, etc, etc out of the external drive into my internal drive. Everything is working fine at this point but the question remains: What the **** good is Time Machine if the application doesn't allow one to go back in time and restore one's computer from an earlier date?

Answer #2:

By: Larry Wunsch

I think you have been given very bad advice, of course you can restore your system from an earlier time.

Answer #3:

By: Dr. Curtis Lynch

@ Eau Rouge - Well three Apple Computer Support techs said it was not possible and when I attempted to do this, using Migration Assistant, it would not work (MA would not even recognize an earlier back-up date) .............. so I don't know what else I can conclude.