Restore Your Entire Backup with Time Machine for Mac

By Joe Hutsko, Barbara Boyd

If your system or startup disk is damaged, you may have to restore your entire backup to your Mac. If you use Time Machine, you’re worry free. Here’s how to restore your Mac with Time Machine:

  1. Connect the backup drive to your computer.

    If you use a networked drive, make sure that your computer and the drive are on the same network.

  2. Choose Command→Restart and hold down Command+R while your Mac restarts.

    If you can’t access the Command menu — that is, your Mac is off and won’t boot — hold down Command+R and press the On button.

  3. Choose the language you use when the language chooser appears, and then click the arrow button (Continue).

  4. Select Restore from a Time Machine Backup and then click Continue.

  5. Choose the drive where your backup is stored:

    • Select the external drive and click Continue.

    • Select Time Capsule or the networked drive and click Connect to Remote Disk.

  6. Enter the username and password if requested.

  7. Select the date and time of the backup you want to use.

    Time Machine begins copying your backup from the drive to your Mac.

  8. Breathe a sigh of relief that you back up regularly!