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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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Eolake Stobblehouse

 
 

Trash Trick

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Trash Trick -- Dave Anderson writes with another method of tricking Nisus or similar applications into using the trash as a storage place for secondary backup files. This should work better for people who can't boot under System 6 and don't want to mess with ResEdit, although it does require keeping an alias of the trash around.

Regarding the review of TrashMan in TidBITS-119, I modified your method of saving secondary backup files in the trash.

Create a new folder on the desktop and rename it "Trash alias". In the secondary backup Saving Preferences, select the "Trash alias" folder. Switching back to the Finder, throw the "Trash alias" folder out and then create an alias of the trash, which should be automatically called "Trash alias". Now create and save a file in Nisus, and check to make sure the secondary backup is safely stored in the trash.

By the way, I am an unregistered user... and am sending in my registration today. I agree that TrashMan is an excellent extension to System 7.

Information from:
David Anderson -- MathDave@CWU.bitnet

 

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