"I've been using Time Machine to back up my MacBook Pro, first in Yosemite and now it's in EL Capitan. When I enter Time Machine it shows me the backup and appears to work fine. However, The option to Restore is greyed out and unavailable. I have some Office documents accidentally deleted and needs to be restored from Time Machine backup. How do I recover Time Machine backup since Time Machine backup restore failed in this way?"
Apple computer's Time Machine program is helpful especially when something goes wrong with users' data files or hard disks, like deletion, formatting, virus infection, etc. It allows for a free backup as well as backup restore, which greatly reduce the worry of terrible data loss on a Mac machine.
When Time Machine backup restore failed
Nevertheless, only when Time Machine works fine, your backup files are allowed to be restored without an effort. At times, Time Machine backup restore may fail in some situations. For example:
It's a pity for not being able to restore what you backed up with Time Machine. Fortunately, when the attempt to restore data from Time Machine backup failed due to 'restore' button greyed out or other occasions like we discussed, don't forget a third-party Time Machine backup restore software.
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is an all-in-one Mac drive recovery software that helps retrieve Mac data files from Time Machine backup, or search for lost files on HDD, SSD or an external location straightforwardly.
3-step guide to restore Mac files with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac
Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac and select file type(s) of lost files. Click "Next" button.
Step 2. Choose a disk volume where you lost data files. Here you can choose a Time Machine backup location to restore data from Time Machine backup, or a HDD or SSD where lost files were originally preserved. Click "Scan" to start scanning all lost data.
Step 3. Select the files you want to recover and click "Recover" button. Do not save the recovered files to the original drive in case of data overwriting.
The probable reason why you failed to restore Time Machine backup and the 'Restore' button grayed out is not using the right way to "Enter Time Machine" or there is a hard disk error. So, to fix the Time Machine backup restore failed problem, try the solutions here.
Solution 1. First open Finder window then click “Enter Time Machine”.
Solution 2. Use cmd +R command with computer sudden. Then click the power button and run the disk utility with the partition offline.
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