How to restore from your backup

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Attach the Backup Volume to Your Macintosh

Attach the backup disk to your Mac using a USB, Firewire, or Thunderbolt cable.

Launch Startup Disk

System Preferences > Startup Disk

Launch Startup Disk

Select the Backup Volume

Select the backup disk that you would like to use to restore. Click Restart. This will reboot the system from your backup and allow you to clone the backup onto your main hard drive.

Select the Backup Volume

If you are unable to boot from your original hard drive, hold down the Option key as you start up your Mac. Your backup disk should appear as a startup disk option in the startup disk selector screen.

Prepare the disk that you're restoring to

Unless you're restoring just a handful of individual files, we recommend that you restore your backup to a freshly-formatted disk. See Preparing your backup disk for a backup of OS X for complete instructions on how to format the destination.

Launch Carbon Copy Cloner

When your Mac has finished restarting launch Carbon Copy Cloner. Applications > Carbon Copy Cloner

Note: When you open CCC on your backup volume, CCC will indicate that your regularly-scheduled tasks are suspended. If prompted, choose the option to leave your tasks suspended. Likewise, choose "Revert changes" if prompted to save your tasks.

Launch Carbon Copy Cloner

Create a New Task

Click + in the TASKS header. Click Show Sidebar if necessary.

Create a New Task

Name the new task.

Select the Source

Click on the dotted box under the Source heading to view available drives.

Select the Source

Click to select your backup volume as the Source.

Select the Destination

Click on the dotted box under the Destination heading to view available drives. Click to select the volume that want to restore to.

Select the Destination

Click Clone

Click Clone

Reset the Startup Disk

After the clone is finished reset your startup disk in the Startup Disk preference pane (as described earlier) to your original startup disk and restart your computer.

System Preferences > Startup Disk

Test the Restoration

Launch a few applications and verify that your data is intact.

Congratulations, you've just restored your data from a backup!

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