Time machine restoration frozen at “Preparing to restore “Macintosh HD”…*

I am using Time Machine to restore a new MacBook Pro 16″. I am using an encrypted HDD that’s connected with USB 3 for the restoration. However, since about an hour the Mac is frozen at the step “Preparing to restore “Macintosh HD”…. Is this behavior normal? How long should a restoration take? Or should … Read more

Can’t restore Time Machine back up – an error occurred while adding recovery system to destination disk

Just upgraded my 2012(mid) non-retina 13” MacBook Pro with a crucial sad 1tb and having troubles restoring back up from Time machine. I’m sure it’s important to mention I installed a new data cable as well. The steps I used were: In the recovery mode, I erase the hard drive in the disk utilities section … Read more

Numerous Time Machine errors with new WD drive – where to start?

So ive had this WD easy store 10tb external drive for 2 weeks now with a 2019 16″ MBP with 10.15.5 Catalina running. Its formatted Mac OS extended journaled(the xternal drive). Ive got 3 partitions on the eternal drive. Have been getting all these errors – see below – trouble copying files, can’t be ejected, … Read more

Permissions errors after weird Time Machine restored backup

I made a time machine backup of everything that was in /Mac/Users/MYUSER/ and nothing else. I then erased my drive and reinstalled MacOS. When I tried to restore from my Time Machine Backup, it made a directory /Mac/2020-09-05-185317/ and did not place the files in the correct places, but instead put the file hierarchy inside … Read more

Is it possible to repackage macos app store app?

I have a MacOS App Store app that I depend upon, almost on an hourly basis, that is no longer available in the app store (or anywhere else for that matter). I’ve been tried contacting the original developer on multiple occasions on multiple platforms for almost three years, to no avail. I have even offered … Read more

Disk Utility does not show a newly connected new/unformatted external USB3 drive

I want to attach an external USB drive as a Time Machine target. What is the way to do this? I had thought Disk Utility would be able to help .. This is Catalina on a 2020 Macbook pro . The external USB3 drive is connected via a USB <–> USB-C adapter to the Mac. … Read more