Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.

 

 

Pick an apple! 
 
Extract Directly from Time Machine

Normally you use Time Machine to restore lost data in a file like this: within the Time Machine interface, you go back to the time the file was not yet messed up, and you restore it to replace the file you have now.

You can also elect to keep both, but the restored file takes the name and place of the current one. So, if you have made changes since the backup took place that you would like to keep, they are lost, or you have to mess around a bit to merge changes, rename files, and trash the unwanted one.

As an alternative, you can browse the Time Machine backup volume directly in the Finder like any normal disk, navigate through the chronological backup hierarchy, and find the file which contains the lost content.

Once you've found it, you can open it and the current version of the file side-by-side, and copy information from Time Machine's version of the file into the current one, without losing any content you put in it since the backup was made.

Submitted by
Eolake Stobblehouse

 
 

Hot Topics in TidBITS Talk for 17-Aug-09

Send Article to a Friend


What Notes Do You Keep on your iPhone/iPod Touch -- Readers share the types of information stored on mobile devices, ranging from lists of books to read to copies of the U.S. Constitution. (4 messages)


Apple Upgrade Pricing -- With Snow Leopard around the corner, discussion turns to Apple's lack of upgrade pricing for most applications, especially iLife, and to the license agreements included in the software. (32 messages)


Leopard for G4 DP 450mhz? How does Leopard perform on an older system? (7 messages)


Escaping from AT&T -- Apparently, you can get out of your AT&T contract without penalties if you move out of the United States and can prove it. (6 messages)


Suggestions for iPhone SMS & Call Log monitoring? What options are available to keep track of an iPhone's text messages and phone calls on the Mac? (4 messages)


Mail server woes - LetterRip help sought -- A reader using the old LetterRip mailing list software needs help. (2 messages)


Wi-Fi connection problem -- Is old AirPort hardware to blame for problems connecting to a wireless network? (2 messages)


Worth It? See (feel) a Difference? Readers respond to a question of whether paying $300 to get the fastest MacBook Pro processor is worth the money, or if it's better to improve performance in other ways, such as a faster hard disk. (7 messages)

 

CrashPlan is easy, secure backup that works everywhere. Back up
to your own drives, friends, and online with unlimited storage.
With 30 days free, backing up is one resolution you can keep.
Your life is digital; back it up! <http://tid.bl.it/code42-tb>