Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Time Machine Backup Fails to Restore on Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Like all other computer operating systems, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard also include a data backup utility, known as Time Machine. It facilitates you to backup selected files and restore them whenever required. It enables you to schedule the backup to automate the backup process.

You can backup data to an external Time Machine drive to ensure absolute safety of your significant data. The backup helps you prevent needs of Mac data recovery solutions.

The Time Machine utility is not compatible to the Windows formatted hard drive, external AirPort disk, iDisk, and any mapped network disk that uses a file sharing mechanism other than AFP (Apple File Protocol). Due to the same, Snow Leopard may not recognize these backup disks and restoration process fails.

When you attempt to perform Mac recovery using the Time Machine backup, it throws ‘109’ error during the process and Mac file recovery process fails.
Root of the problem

This behavior of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system occurs when you backup data to an external hard drive or a network drive that is connected to the AirPort Extreme, which are not compatible to Time Machine of Snow Leopard. Although, Airport Extreme might seem to work with the Time Machine, however it is not supported.

The Time Machine works only if the network server uses AFP file sharing mechanism and both the networked and root system must have Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system installed.


You can sort out this behavior by replacing AirPort Extreme disk with Time Capsule. In such situations, the below workarounds may also enable AirPort disk to function-

Rename Time Machine disk and AirPort computer to small and un-complex name.

Uncheck option related to backup data at low battery power in the laptops.

Make non-network location for adding the Time Machine device interface to it.

In case you lose your significant data and the Time Machine backup fails to restore, data recovery Mac becomes need of hour. You can recover Mac files using advanced file recovery Mac applications.

Mac recovery software enables you to thoroughly scan entire hard drive and recover Mac data in all data loss situations. The Apple OS X recovery software come equipped with simple graphical user interface to ensure easy Mac data recovery.

Stellar Mac Data Recovery is the most efficient Mac recovery utility to recover Mac files from HFS, HFS+, HFSX, HFS Wrapper, and FAT file system volumes.

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