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I have a MacBook Pro with one internal hard disk and two external Firewire hard disks.
The first external hard disk is the Time Machine back up disk.
The second external hard disk is the target for my recovery efforts.
The is how it went:
1. Erase the second external hard disk writing zeros to it.
2. Did a Time Machine volume restore from the first external hard disk to the second.
3. The Time Machine crashed gloriously within 2 minutes, and 0.7% of the files restored.
This is a small portion of the crash log report:
Sep 9 14:50:34 localhost Unknown[66]: Mac OS X Installer(182,0xb06d3000) malloc: * error for object 0x19c00190: incorrect checksum for freed object - object was probably modified after being freed.
Sep 9 14:50:34 localhost Unknown[66]: * set a breakpoint in mallocerrorbreak to debug
Sep 9 14:50:34 localhost Unknown[66]: Mac OS X Installer(182,0xb0651000) malloc: * error for object 0x19c00190: incorrect checksum for freed object - object was probably modified after being freed.
Sep 9 14:50:34 localhost Unknown[66]: * set a breakpoint in mallocerrorbreak to debug
Sep 9 14:50:34 localhost Unknown[66]: Mac OS X Installer(182,0x530f60) malloc: * error for object 0x19c00190: incorrect checksum for freed object - object was probably modified after being freed.
Sep 9 14:50:34 localhost Unknown[66]: * set a breakpoint in mallocerrorbreak to debug
Sep 9 14:50:53 localhost LCA[65]: Child exited with status 10
Sep 9 14:50:53 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Could not save crash report to disk!
Sep 9 14:50:57 localhost Unknown[205]: Launching the Installer Crash Log Viewer
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Process: Mac OS X Installer [182]
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Path: /System/Installation/CDIS/Mac OS X Installer.app/Contents/MacOS/Mac OS X Installer
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Identifier: Mac OS X Installer
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Version: ??? (???)
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Code Type: X86 (Native)
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Parent Process: LCA [65]
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Date/Time: 2008-09-09 14:50:37.743 -0700
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: OS Version: Mac OS X 10.5 (9A581)
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Report Version: 6
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Exception Type: EXCBADACCESS (SIGBUS)
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Exception Codes: KERNPROTECTIONFAILURE at 0x0000000002021000
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Crashed Thread: 11
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Thread 0:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x0039c8e6 machmsgtrap + 10
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 1 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003a40dc mach_msg + 72
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 2 com.apple.CoreFoundation 0x007470fe CFRunLoopRunSpecific + 1806
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 3 com.apple.CoreFoundation 0x00747d38 CFRunLoopRunInMode + 88
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 4 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x022748a4 RunCurrentEventLoopInMode + 283
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 5 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x022746bd ReceiveNextEventCommon + 374
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 6 com.apple.HIToolbox 0x02274531 BlockUntilNextEventMatchingListInMode + 106
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 7 com.apple.AppKit 0x00d79d5b _DPSNextEvent + 657
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 8 com.apple.AppKit 0x00d796a0 -[NSApplication nextEventMatchingMask:untilDate:inMode:dequeue:] + 128
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 9 com.apple.AppKit 0x00d726d1 -[NSApplication run] + 795
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 10 com.apple.AppKit 0x00d3f9ba NSApplicationMain + 574
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 11 com.apple.MacOSXInstaller 0x000053a3 0x1000 + 17315
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 12 com.apple.MacOSXInstaller 0x00002062 0x1000 + 4194
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Thread 1:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003a3ace _semwaitsignal + 10
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 1 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003f95c9 sleep$UNIX2003 + 63
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 2 com.apple.installframework 0x001744cf dologwatch + 65
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 3 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cd075 pthreadstart + 321
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 4 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003ccf32 thread_start + 34
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Thread 2:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x0039c946 semaphoretimedwait_signaltrap + 10
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 1 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003ce1cf pthread_condwait + 1244
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 2 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cfa53 pthreadcond_timedwait_relativenp + 47
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 3 com.apple.Foundation 0x01ac1f9c -[NSCondition waitUntilDate:] + 236
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 4 com.apple.Foundation 0x01ac1db0 -[NSConditionLock lockWhenCondition:beforeDate:] + 144
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 5 com.apple.Foundation 0x01ac1d15 -[NSConditionLock lockWhenCondition:] + 69
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 6 com.apple.installframework 0x001345d7 +[IFDTargetController(WorkerThread) _handleTargetRequests] + 1090
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 7 com.apple.Foundation 0x01a7c04d -[NSThread main] + 45
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 8 com.apple.Foundation 0x01a7bbf4 _NSThread__main_ + 308
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 9 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cd075 pthreadstart + 321
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 10 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003ccf32 thread_start + 34
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Thread 3:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cc8e6 kevent + 10
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 1 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cd075 pthreadstart + 321
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 2 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003ccf32 thread_start + 34
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Thread 4:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003a3ace _semwaitsignal + 10
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 1 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cdced pthreadcondwait$UNIX2003 + 73
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 2 com.apple.QuartzCore 0x0279c285 fefragmentthread + 54
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 3 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cd075 pthreadstart + 321
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 4 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003ccf32 thread_start + 34
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Thread 5:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003ebf5a select$DARWIN_EXTSN + 10
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 1 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cd075 pthreadstart + 321
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 2 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003ccf32 thread_start + 34
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Thread 6:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x0039c946 semaphoretimedwait_signaltrap + 10
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 1 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003ce1cf pthread_condwait + 1244
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 2 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cfa53 pthreadcond_timedwait_relativenp + 47
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 3 com.apple.Foundation 0x01ac1f9c -[NSCondition waitUntilDate:] + 236
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 4 com.apple.Foundation 0x01ac1db0 -[NSConditionLock lockWhenCondition:beforeDate:] + 144
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 5 com.apple.Foundation 0x01ac1d15 -[NSConditionLock lockWhenCondition:] + 69
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 6 com.apple.AppKit 0x00ddfc19 -[NSUIHeartBeat _heartBeatThread:] + 746
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 7 com.apple.Foundation 0x01a7c04d -[NSThread main] + 45
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 8 com.apple.Foundation 0x01a7bbf4 _NSThread__main_ + 308
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 9 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cd075 pthreadstart + 321
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 10 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003ccf32 thread_start + 34
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Thread 7:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003a3ace _semwaitsignal + 10
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 1 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cdced pthreadcondwait$UNIX2003 + 73
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 2 com.apple.ColorSync 0x03293460 pthreadSemaphoreWait(t_pthreadSemaphore*) + 42
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 3 com.apple.ColorSync 0x032a5d92 CMMConvTask(void*) + 54
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 4 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cd075 pthreadstart + 321
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 5 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003ccf32 thread_start + 34
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Thread 8:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cc8e6 kevent + 10
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 1 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cd075 pthreadstart + 321
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 2 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003ccf32 thread_start + 34
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Thread 9:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cc8e6 kevent + 10
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 1 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cd075 pthreadstart + 321
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 2 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003ccf32 thread_start + 34
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Thread 10:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003d9bb2 getdirentriesattr + 10
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 1 ...ple.CoreServices.CarbonCore 0x03e809f7 PBGetCatalogInfoBulkSync + 571
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 2 ...ple.CoreServices.CarbonCore 0x03e8079f FSGetCatalogInfoBulk + 63
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 3 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x021bcaa4 TFSIterator::NextSingle(TFSInfo&) + 138
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 4 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x0217325a TFSIterator::Next(TFSInfo&) + 54
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 5 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x0217311e TDeepFSIterator::NextInternal(TFSInfo&, long&, long&, bool&) + 78
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 6 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x02173081 TDeepFSIterator::Next(TFSInfo&, long&, long&, bool&) + 47
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 7 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x02171c7a TCopyReader::GetNextItem() + 902
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 8 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x02170f5f TCopyReader::Read(void*, TFSInfo, TFSInfo) + 249
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 9 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x021b1a2e TFSCopyOperation::CopyToTarget() + 812
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 10 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x021b2934 TFSCopyOperation::DoCopy(THFSPlusRef const&) + 560
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 11 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x021b340a TFSCopyOperation::Run() + 198
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 12 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x0219e8d3 _FSOperation + 345
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 13 ...ple.CoreServices.CarbonCore 0x03f08c2b _FSFileOperationOperate + 473
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 14 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cd075 pthreadstart + 321
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 15 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003ccf32 thread_start + 34
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Thread 11 Crashed:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 0 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003a4a45 tinymalloc_from_freelist + 235
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 1 libSystem.B.dylib 0x0039d82d szone_malloc + 180
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 2 libSystem.B.dylib 0x0039d738 malloczonemalloc + 81
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 3 com.apple.CoreFoundation 0x006d9721 _CFArrayReplaceValues + 577
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 4 com.apple.CoreFoundation 0x006daa8d CFArrayAppendValue + 109
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 5 com.apple.CoreFoundation 0x006f8bd7 _CFBundleCopyDirectoryContentsAtPath + 1367
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 6 com.apple.CoreFoundation 0x006f96eb _CFBundleCopyInfoDictionaryInDirectoryWithVersion + 955
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 7 com.apple.CoreFoundation 0x006e9d65 CFBundleGetInfoDictionary + 85
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 8 com.apple.CoreFoundation 0x006ee12d _CFBundleCreate + 637
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 9 com.apple.LaunchServices 0x044ed092 _LSRegisterDirectoryNode(LSContext*, FSNode*, LSRegistrationInfo*, AliasRecord const*, unsigned long*) + 76
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 10 com.apple.LaunchServices 0x044e8c51 _LSFindOrRegisterBundleNode + 1295
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 11 com.apple.LaunchServices 0x045085a5 _LSRegisterNode + 97
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 12 com.apple.LaunchServices 0x045183d1 LSRegisterFSRef + 87
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 13 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x021750bd TCopyWriter::SetCatalogInfo() + 935
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 14 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x02170944 TCopyWriter::Write() + 182
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 15 com.apple.DesktopServices 0x02170482 TCopyWriter::WriteTaskProc(void*) + 70
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 16 ...ple.CoreServices.CarbonCore 0x03eb84bb PrivateMPEntryPoint + 56
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 17 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003cd075 pthreadstart + 321
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: 18 libSystem.B.dylib 0x003ccf32 thread_start + 34
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]:
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: Thread 11 crashed with X86 Thread State (32-bit):
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: eax: 0xc0000003 ebx: 0x003a4975 ecx: 0x19c00190 edx: 0x02021000
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: edi: 0x06252000 esi: 0x19c00000 ebp: 0xb06d0c18 esp: 0xb06d0ba0
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: ss: 0x0000001f efl: 0x00010206 eip: 0x003a4a45 cs: 0x00000017
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: ds: 0x0000001f es: 0x0000001f fs: 0x0000001f gs: 0x00000037
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]: cr2: 0x02021000
Sep 9 14:51:23 localhost ReportCrash[204]:
The target hard disk is unusable.
4. Erased the target disk and wrote zeros to it.
5. Used Carbon Copy Cloner to copy a plain Leopard image.
6. Used Migration Assistant to get my users, applications, etc. to migrate from Time Machine.
I chose all the options to migrate data and settings.
7. The reason to use Migration Assistant to get the data from Time Machine was because I suspected that the Time Machine backup might be corrupted. (The volume restore fails every single time.) I was trying to see if Migration Assistant would also crash. My reasoning was that a successful Migration Assistant would not prove anything, a crash would point to corruption in the Time Machine backup.
8. I booted from my internal hard drive and so far I've found the three weirdness:
a. A password stored by Safari reverts to an old value.
b. iTunes shows me the License Agreement to Agree/Disagree.
c. QuickTimePro registration is blanked out.
So, the question is:
*Did Migration Assistant modify my internal drive because of links?*
Roberto Sepulveda

The Best Answer

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Stefano,
1. Boot from the Leopard installation disc by pressing the letter C while doing a restart.
2. Choose the language.
3. Click on Utilities on the Menu bar.
4. Select Restore System from Time Machine.
5. Select which Time Machine backup is the source for the restore
6. Select which disk is the target for the restore
a. Consider that the restore may fail leaving your target volume unusable
b. Consider that the restore will rename the target volume to the name of the source volume,
so you might end up with duplicate names.
Hope this helps.
Roberto