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Solution for Time Machine “Error While Restoring From the Backup”

Harry Fear (via Maxwell):

A few hours into the restore (about three-quarters of the way through the data transfer) the restoration would always fail with “An error occurred while restoring from the backup.”

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Initially I needed a Finder and Terminal window so I had to setup the new Mac as new with no user data so I could fully access the Time Machine backup to apply the fix. Then I connected the backup to the Mac.

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Then I had to delete the problematic folder that was identified in the log[…]

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Then go back into Recovery mode on the Mac and reattempt to restore from the modified backup.

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I've the same problem (also from Mac App Store receipts (in my case from FoldingText.app) in $HOME/Library/Containers/com.foldingtext.FoldingText/Data/Library/Application Support/FoldingText/Receipts) restoring from a (normal) TimeMachine backup. I would be nice if instead of failing you were given the option to ignore the error and continue (at least if the problematic files aren't in /System or /Library where the resulting system might not be operable)...

In my case (as it wasn't on a TimeCapsule) I could just delete the file from the mounted backup drive and then re-attempt the restore.

I wish time machine worked better, I really wanted to use it. I finally gave up after a couple years of issues and moved to an rsync-based backup and it has been great.

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