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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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Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.2

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Bombich Software has released Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.2 with a change in notification support for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion users, shifting from Growl to Notification Center. (Mike Bombich details the reasons for the switch and offers a workaround to generate Growl notifications before or after scheduled backups.) The update improves handling MacFUSE filesystems, displays a “bread crumb”-style indicator of the path to the folder selected as a source or destination, improves how Carbon Copy Cloner prevents a system from going to sleep during a backup, and fixes an issue with the OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update that prevented a backup from taking place. Additionally, the system requirements for a remote Mac are now the same as those for your Mac running Carbon Copy Cloner — notably, backing up to a PowerPC-based Mac won’t work anymore. ($39.95 new, free update, 10.7 MB, release notes)

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Comments about Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.2

Years ago, the CCC developer put on his public "to do" list the ability to edit the backup/don't-backup file list attached to previously scheduled (typically recurring) backup tasks. You can retroactively alter a few minor configuration items for such tasks, but that's not the same thing.

AFAIK this still hasn't happened -- in fact you can't even see a read-only version of what's scheduled to be backed up -- and this is what stops me from buying this program.

If I'm mistaken and this ability has been added, please let me know. I'd also be interested to hear which competing backup programs are generally similar to CCC (probably front-ends to rsync) but that do have this ability. Thanks.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2013-01-08 09:15
I'm not certain if this feature is in the current version of Carbon Copy Cloner, since I haven't used it for a while, but I'm pretty sure SuperDuper does this, with its scripts.