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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.

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AppleJack 1.6

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The latest version of the open-source troubleshooting tool AppleJack offers a handful of new features and bug fixes, most notably compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. AppleJack is unique in that you can use it to identify and fix problems on your disk even if you don't have a separate startup disk or your Mac can't boot all the way to the Finder. It can repair disks, repair permissions, clean up cache files, validate preference files, and remove swap files. Along with Snow Leopard compatibility, AppleJack 1.6 simplifies the startup process in both Leopard and Snow Leopard, enhances the SMART status verification process, and adds blessing capabilities for system folders on attached volumes. The update also fixes an unspecified bug that affected user account lists. (Free, 372 KB)

 

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Comments about AppleJack 1.6
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I have had a consistent problem with 10.6.0 thru10.6.4 crashing with the "You must restart Mac" message. Neither Cocktail, Snow Leopard Cache Cleaner nor Onyx helped. AppleJack did. YAY!!! All I can think of is that AppleJack runs "outside" of OS/X. Could that be it? Or is it doing something that the others don't?

Anyway, I'm glad it's back. Highly recommended!!!
Mac Carter  An apple icon for a TidBITS Supporter 2010-07-14 09:24
This is great news! It's been a long time waiting for this update to come out. Glad it's here.

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Of all the "Fixer upper's" It is simply the best! It has no peers that I know of.