Internet backup: If your files can’t be retrieved through the above methods and you had your Mac connected to an Internet-hosted backup service, visit that service’s site to find options. Typically, you install the backup software on your new Mac, log in with your credentials, and you can select files to restore in place or as a download. If the amount of data lost is truly enormous, some services will deliver to you for a deposit fee an SSD or hard drive with files that you return after restoring.
With a Time Machine volume connected directly to your Mac or a Time Machine volume mounted over a network from another Mac, you can:
Use Migration Assistant: You can use Migration Assistant to select a Time Machine backup and restore all or part of it. I described in a recent column how to use Migration Assistant to migrate just a single user’s data.
Browse backups and select files: With a Time Machine volume mounted, you can navigate backups by date, with each backup appearing as a timestamped folder. (If you see a list of disk images, first double-click the one with your old Mac’s name to get to that set of timestamped folders.) Because of how Time Machine stores files, each folder contains the equivalent of all the files backup from your old Mac. You can browse and copy specific files or folders.
This Mac 911 article is in response to a question submitted by Macworld reader William.
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