how i did it: getting your Time Machine back-up to restore on a non-Apple NAS (Drobo).

– Or – how I pulled baby back from the dead.

[Note: for the funny video of me pining for my iMac, “Baby,” go here.]

20120810-115239.jpg“Baby” is my iMac, a big ol’ 27-inch behemoth from mid-2010 with an Intel Core i7 processor, 12 GB of RAM, and a Terabyte hard drive.

Or it had a Terabyte hard drive, until things went horribly, horribly wrong and way far south.

Now I’m gonna warn you, this post is going to eventually get a little tetchy and command-line geeky, which is part of what I’m about, and therefore part of what this blog is about. So if that’s not your cup of tea, you might skip on to another post.

That said, my cautionary tale of woe begins with my decision to upgrade form Mac OS X 10.7.4 Lion to the 10.8 Mountain Lion (or Mounty Lion, as I like to refer to it; or in this case, no-longer-will-Mounty-Lion). Yes, I am well aware that early adopters pay a price, and living on the bleeding edge means, well, sometimes you bleed. Sometimes, a lot.

Basically, after starting the upgrade after purchase (which i felt smugly satisfied with myself for getting it downloaded and started over a VNC screen sharing connection from my iPad — ah, how pride goes before the fall). I got the install and restart of Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion started and went off for a few hours while it did its thing, figuring I’d come back to a pristine new system with oodles of new features.

Big Mistake.

When i got back home to Baby, the screen displayed was not what any user ever wants to see: big white dialogue, with a big yellow warning triangle with a white exclamation point was in the top center of it, the universal symbol for something just done shit the bed.

The verbiage on the screen basically said the hard drive failed (!) during the upgrade/install and to hit restart and try again.

Which I tried to do.

A couple of times.

Same ugly result with the “hard drive failed” message and that yellow warning triangle with the white exclamation point, taunting me. Taunting, I say.

A phone call to AppleCare tech support and tossing it up the chain a couple times landed me with a senior AppleCare support tech… who also determined there was nothing else to be done, call code blue.
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Baby Done Left Me — The Video

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T he Story of a Man, his sick iMac (“Baby”), and the Apple Store Genius Bar that stands between them. Shot & Edited on Apple iMovie for a 2012 iPad. Thanks to random teenage girl at mall food court who photographed me next to my empty iMac box, and to friend Gretchen Mollers, who not only ferried me several times to the Apple Store Pioneer Place several times, but also did principal photography outside and in the Apple Store. Shot in & around Portland, Oregon, August 2012.

Psssst! — If you want the more technical, less funny-ha-ha info on what it took to recover my iMac from a networked Time Machine Back-up, go to this post, here.