How to Restore your Mac from a Backup

There are several instances when you may need to restore your Mac from a backup. If your original files mistakenly get deleted, or your system crashes and you lose everything, a backup can help recover your precious data. It can also be useful to transfer all your files to a new Mac when needed. So let’s check out the three most common ways of restoring your Mac backup.

How to Restore Mac from a Time Machine Backup

A Time Machine backup allows you to restore individual files or your entire hard drive.

  1. First off, connect your Time Machine Backup Disk to your Mac and turn on your computer
  2. Restart your Mac and while your system is booting, hold down the Command + R keys simultaneously. This will make your Mac boot into macOS Utilities. In case it doesn’t work the first time, try again
  3. From the options available on-screen, select Restore from Time Machine Backup and click Continue.
  4. On the Restore Your System screen, click Continue
  5. Now, select your Time Machine Backup Disk, and click Continue. If your disk is encrypted, you will be asked for the administrator password you used when setting up Time Machine. Enter it to unlock the disk and click Continue again
  6. You will see a list of the available backups. Select the most recent one of your Mac’s hard drive and click Continue
  7. Now, select the disk on which to restore the backup, that is, Macintosh HD. Click Restore or Continue.
    Note: If your Mac has FileVault enabled, you will have to enter your administrator password to unlock the disk
  8. When the process is completed, restart your Mac, and your most recent backup will be restored

How to Restore your Mac from a Local Backup 

If you cloned your Mac to create a backup, here’s how to retrieve your data from it:

  1. Restart your Mac, and while your system is coming on, hold down the Command + R keys simultaneously. This will make your Mac boot into macOS Utilities. In case it doesn’t work the first time, try again
  2. Select Disk Utility and click on Continue
  3. Select your Mac’s hard drive
  4. Now, open the Restore tab at the top of the Disk Utility window
  5. Next to “Restore From,” select the external hard drive that has your cloned backup
  6. Next to “Restore To,” select your Mac’s hard drive and click Restore

The cloned Mac backup will be restored and your system. Once done, restart your Mac, and you’re good to go.

Restore your Mac from a Cloud Backup  

Cloud-based services such as Backblaze, IDrive, Cloudberry, and Carbonite provide a reliable way of backing up your data. However, they can be time-consuming and cumbersome.

Each service will have a specific way of restoring your data, but it will most likely involve downloading your backup files from a remote server. You should contact your chosen service for specific details and instructions about restoring your backup.

Summing Up 

The easiest and most convenient option to restore your Mac from a backup is through Time Machine. So we highly recommend that you make use of this in-built feature on your system. Do you have any other questions regarding backups? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.