How to restore your hard drive from a Time Machine backup

How to restore your hard drive from a Time Machine backup

Whether you’re having major problems with your current hard drive or upgrading to a new Mac, Time Machine can help you get back to business.

  1. Power up your Mac and hold down the Command and R keys to enter the macOS Recovery Partition. Your Mac should boot to a screen that says macOS Utilities.
  2. Select Restore from Time Machine Backup and click Continue.
  3. Read the info on the Restore Your System page and click Continue.
  4. Select your Time Machine backup and click Continue.
  5. Select the most recent backup of your hard disk and click Continue. Your Mac will then restore the Time Machine backup; once it’s done it will restart.

If you’ve had to replace it with a stock drive that has nothing on it—not even macOS—you won’t be able to boot from the macOS Recovery Partition. But fear not, you can get the recovery rolling from the Time Machine backup disk itself: Just hold down the Option key when you start your Mac; you’ll be able to select the Time Machine backup disk as your startup drive, and go from there.
NB. I haven’t tested this yet, hopefully I’ll never have to. 🙂

Create a bootable installer for macOS


sudo /Applications/Install macOS --volume /Volumes/MyVolume --applicationpath /Applications/Install macOS

See the Apple Support page here :
or watch this video
TIP: You will probably need to erase the HDD using the disk utility before installing.
If you do, chose what ever name you like, one of the Mac Formats and make sure to choose the GUID scheme.

iPhone 7 Frozen

I got my iPhone stuck somehow today, it wouldn’t respond to touches and then wouldn’t turn off/sleep.
When I held the power/sleep button down for a few seconds (10?) it displayed a “loading circle” and sat there.
I then discovered that if you that to force restart the iPhone 7, you have to press the volume down and the sleep button.
I did that and it restarted and all was good.

Become super users (root) on Mac OS X


  • From the Apple menu choose System Preferences….
  • From the View menu choose Users & Groups.
  • Click the lock and authenticate as an administrator account.
  • Click Login Options….
  • Click the “Edit…” or “Join…” button at the bottom right.
  • Click the “Open Directory Utility…” button.
  • Click the lock in the Directory Utility window.
  • Enter an administrator account name and password, then click OK.
  • Choose Enable Root User from the Edit menu.
  • Enter the root password you wish to use in both the Password and Verify fields, then click OK.
  • Or from Terminal when logged in as an admin user –
    dsenableroot to enable,
    dsenableroot -d to disable


My 15 Favorite iPhone/iTouch Apps

I really like my iPod Touch, it’s the most usefull PDA type device I have ever owned. It is so usefull and easy to use.
There are loads (25,000?) of applications available for it , here are some of my favorite:

  1. Toodledo [iTtunes] – List / to do management
  2. eWallet [iTunes] – Password management
  3. Cash Flow Free [iTunes] – Money Management
  4. Google Reader – Technically not an application, but very mobile friendly RSS reader.
  5. FaceBook [iTunes] – Facebook application.
  6. Tweetie [iTunes] – Tweeter Application.
  7. ISP Usage [iTunes] – Monitor ISP usages with a few Australian ISPs
  8. Air Sharing [iTunes] – Transfer files from you PC to your iPhone/iTouch
  9. Read It Later Free [iTunes] – ‘Download’ web pages to read later
  10. Remote [iTunes] – Remote control iTunes on your PC


  1. Labyrinth [iTunes]
  2. Tap Tap Revenge 2 [iTunes]
  3. Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D [iTunes]
  4. Sol Free Solitaire [iTunes]
  5. Kids Painter [iTunes]