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Malcolm Westley-2
My partner's G4 passed away suddenly last week with no chance of reanimation. She did manage to have a time machine backup from the day before, so I used lion's migration assistant on our new imac to grab her data. It ran without complaints, but it did not grab her latest data; it had data from back in March. I was able to open the sparsebundle of her backup and copy over her current desktop files (where we noticed the problem), but her photos and music are also out of date.

Is my best bet to manually copy her data, or is there a better way to fix this problem?

Thanks.
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Re: lion migration from time machine getting old data

Niall O Broin
On 26 Sep 2011, at 19:43, mwestley wrote:

> My partner's G4 passed away suddenly last week with no chance of reanimation. She did manage to have a time machine backup from the day before, so I used lion's migration assistant on our new imac to grab her data. It ran without complaints, but it did not grab her latest data; it had data from back in March. I was able to open the sparsebundle of her backup and copy over her current desktop files (where we noticed the problem), but her photos and music are also out of date.

I'm a bit puzzled by what exactly happened here - migration assistant took data from March, but there was a later backup available? I wonder was the later backup incomplete for some reason?

> Is my best bet to manually copy her data, or is there a better way to fix this problem?

If you point TM running on Lion at the TM disk, what backups does it show?  At this point, you can manually copy her data, or try various other things - you don't have much to lose.  What I would do would be take the disk out of the G4 and put it into an external housing - provided "My partner's G4 passed away suddenly" doesn't mean its disk (and I guess not, as you said "with no chance of reanimation") that's going to give you the very latest copy of the data.




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Niall  O Broin




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Re: lion migration from time machine getting old data

Malcolm Westley-2


On Sep 26, 2011, at 01:56 PM, Niall O Broin <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On 26 Sep 2011, at 19:43, mwestley wrote:
>
> > My partner's G4 passed away suddenly last week with no chance of reanimation. She did manage to have a time machine backup from the day before, so I used lion's migration assistant on our new imac to grab her data. It ran without complaints, but it did not grab her latest data; it had data from back in March. I was able to open the sparsebundle of her backup and copy over her current desktop files (where we noticed the problem), but her photos and music are also out of date.
>
> I'm a bit puzzled by what exactly happened here - migration assistant took data from March, but there was a later backup available? I wonder was the later backup incomplete for some reason?
That does seem to be what happened. Later data is there which I can see by double-clicking the sparsebundle created by TM.
>
> > Is my best bet to manually copy her data, or is there a better way to fix this problem?
>
> If you point TM running on Lion at the TM disk, what backups does it show? At this point, you can manually copy her data, or try various other things - you don't have much to lose. What I would do would be take the disk out of the G4 and put it into an external housing - provided "My partner's G4 passed away suddenly" doesn't mean its disk (and I guess not, as you said "with no chance of reanimation") that's going to give you the very latest copy of the data.
 I had not thought about taking out the disk drive; that may work. The G4 made 3 equal tones that I've never heard before on any mac while I was trying to start it up. It wouldn't start up from the CD drive either, though it tried.

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Re: lion migration from time machine getting old data

Curtis Wilcox
On Sep 26, 2011, at 3:36 PM, mwestley wrote:

> On Sep 26, 2011, at 01:56 PM, Niall O Broin <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
>> If you point TM running on Lion at the TM disk, what backups does it show? At this point, you can manually copy her data, or try various other things - you don't have much to lose. What I would do would be take the disk out of the G4 and put it into an external housing - provided "My partner's G4 passed away suddenly" doesn't mean its disk (and I guess not, as you said "with no chance of reanimation") that's going to give you the very latest copy of the data.
> I had not thought about taking out the disk drive; that may work. The G4 made 3 equal tones that I've never heard before on any mac while I was trying to start it up. It wouldn't start up from the CD drive either, though it tried.

The G4's hard drive is probably fine.

Power Mac G4: Computer Beeps Three Times
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=95052

If you don't have another Mac or an external enclosure that can take an ATA/100 drive, drive adapters are pretty cheap  and versatile enough to be useful again in the future (I can't vouch for this particular one, I've never used it, it was just the easiest to find).
http://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/U3NVSPATA/


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Re: lion migration from time machine getting old data

Rich Hansen
On Sep 26, 2011, at 2:43 PM, Curtis Wilcox wrote:
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>> The G4 made 3 equal tones that I've never heard before on any mac while I was trying to start it up. It wouldn't start up from the CD drive either, though it tried.
>
> The G4's hard drive is probably fine.

Three equal tones, I've just read, indicates that there is something wrong with memory. Could the chips have become dislodged? (the reading was in what passes for a manual of a new iMac.

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