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[Solved] Time Machine Backup Restore Failed

Updated on Dec 01, 2017 by Jean to Mac File Recovery


When restore from Time Machine backup failed due to Apple Time Machine 'Restore' button greyed out, Time Machine backup corrupted, Time Machine backup incomplete and other Time Machine backup restore failed problems, use third-party Mac data recovery software to restore lost or deleted Time Machine backup files in a minute.

Apple Time Machine 'Restore' Button Greyed Out

"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:

How to Restore Time Machine Backup Files When Time Machine Backup Restore Failed?

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. Select the disk location (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or a removable storage device) where you lost data and files. Click the Scan button.

select the location where data lost and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results on the left pane.

scan the selected disk to find lost data on your Mac

Step 3. In the scan results, select the file(s) and click Recover Now button to have them back.

click recover now button to recover lost data on your Mac

How to Fix Time Machine Backup Restore Button Greyed Out?

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.