How to Recover Time Machine Backup File on Mac

Updated to Home > HowTos > File Recovery Tips on Mac by William on Apr 15, 2024 | Approved by Anthony Spadafora

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Whenever you face the problem of not being able to use the Time Machine backup file, either corruption, virus-attack, external hard drive corruption, Time Machine backup history disappeared, etc., you need to recover the files from the Time Machine backup file as soon as possible. Otherwise, you’ll lose all files in the Time Machine backup package permanently. To recover important files from corrupted Time Machine or from the corrupted Time Machine external hard drive, you can try iBeesoft Data Recovery.

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Simple Steps for Recover Time Machine Backup Files

Here are the steps for how to restore corrupted Time Machine backup files or recover Time Machine backup files from the corrupted external hard drive.

  1. Install the Time Machine Backup Recovery Software
  2. Whatever macOS your Mac is running, you need to download and install iBeesoft Data Recovery Ma version. It is fully compatible with the latest macOS Mojave, high sierra, and the former ones.

  3. Select File Types to Scan
  4. Launch the Time Machine backup file recovery software. From the first window, you can see all supported file types are selected. I suggest you keep all of them selected. Who knows whether the files are saved in the Time Machine backup file or not. Click "Start" to continue.

  5. Select Drive/Volume to Scan
  6. From the next step, you need to select the drive where your Time Machine backup files are. If you’ve backed it up in an external hard drive, then connect the hard drive with your Mac. The software will display all volumes, including the connected external hard drive. After then, click "Scan" to recover deleted files on Mac or restore time machine backup file on Mac.

  7. Preview and Get Time Machine Backup Files Back
  8. During the scanning process, you can see all kinds of files are found by the Time Machine recovery software. You can stop the scanning process if you’ve found the software has found the Time Machine backup files for you. If not, keep it working on. When the scanning process finished, you can see all found files are listed on the left side of the software. You’re able to select them, preview and click "Recover" to save them back to your Mac.

If you’re not content with the scanning result, please try the "Deep Scan" feature in the result window. It will help you scan deeper and more carefully for the Time Machine backup files.