When your Mac suddenly becomes unusable, you can use Time Machine to restore your files, apps, and settings. Simply select the backup version you want to use, and wait until the machine restores your data. You can also use Time Machine with an external drive.
Unfortunately, your system may sometimes fail to boot after a Time Machine restore. Your Mac may get stuck on a white screen or start up to a circle with a line through it. Let’s discuss what you can do if your machine won’t but after using Time Machine.
What to Do If MacBook Won’t Boot After Time Machine Restore
This problem is usually caused by your startup disk that contains a macOS version, but your Mac can’t use the OS files. To fix the issue, boot into Recovery Mode, run the Disk Utility, or reinstall the OS. Make sure your disk is healthy. If you’re using an external drive, make sure the connection cable is not faulty.
Launch Disk Utility in Recovery Mode
- Press the Power button and turn off your computer.
- Then power it up, and immediately press and hold the Command and R keys to boot into Recovery mode.
- Release the keys when the Apple logo appears on the screen.
- While in macOS Recovery, select the Disk Utility option to repair your startup disk.
- Restart your Mac and check the results.
Reinstall macOS in Recovery Mode
Make sure your Mac is connected to the Internet. Sometimes, the device won’t connect to Wi-Fi, so use a wired connection instead. Depending on your MacBook model, you may also need an Ethernet adapter.
Boot into Recovery mode again. On the macOS Utilities screen, select Install macOS. Your machine will install a fresh macOS version over the existing one. The good news is that you won’t lose your data. Wait patiently, as the whole process may last up to one hour.
Contact Apple Support
If this is a hardware issue, Time Machine is irrelevant. If the problem persists after running Disk Utility and reinstalling the OS, schedule a Genius Bar appointment and get help from Apple’s troubleshooting specialists.
If your MacBook refuses to boot up normally after a Time Machine restore, boot into Recovery Mode and use Disk Utility to repair your drive. Additionally, if the problem persists, boot again into Recovery Mode and reinstall the OS. In rare cases, the hardware might be damaged, and you may need to have your laptop repaired. Did you find other ways to fix this problem? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments below.