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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 3.5.6

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Bombich Software has released Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.6, a small maintenance release for the backup utility. The update improves the implementation of a bug fix that was introduced in version 3.5.5 related to handling corrupted Access Control List entries, fixes a Drobo-related issue that resulted in the backup task being aborted prematurely, improves filtering of errors caused by a Synology NAS file sharing server’s inability to serve up Synology-proprietary extended attributes, prohibits copying a source volume with ownership disabled directly to the startup disk, and withdraws a configuration change that did not improve detection of dropped connections to a remote Macintosh. ($39.95 new, free update, 10.8 MB, release notes, 10.6+)

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Comments about Carbon Copy Cloner 3.5.6
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Dennis B. Swaney  2014-08-11 20:11
When I clicked on the link you posted: http://www.bombich.com/software/updates/ccc-3.5.5_a.html

I got this:



Looking for something on bombich.com?

Sorry! "/software/updates/ccc-3.5.5_a.html" is not available on bombich.com. Please check that you typed the URL correctly. Also try to find what you're looking for by visiting one of the links above.
Agen Schmitz  2014-08-11 21:29
sorry about that: here's the correct link (which has been updated with this article):

http://www.bombich.com/software/updates/ccc-3.5.6.html