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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

 
 

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When the amount of free space in the Finder is more than one megabyte, the Finder displays the free space in megabytes. I like it to keep displaying in K. This will force the Finder to display always in "K", not "M".

Launch ResEdit and open your copy of the Finder. Open the CODE resources. Click once on resource number 23. Go to the "Resource" menu and select "Open Using Hex Editor..." (don't double-click on it since you might have a fancy CODE template installed in your ResEdit, which would make the next step possibly impossible [don't tell my old English teacher that I said that]). Click Yes if it asks if you want to decompress the resource.

Use "Find Offset..." to go to offset 18E. You should see

     0C86 0010 0000 6500 0082.

If you don't, don't continue.

Change the 6500 to 6000. That is, change:

     0C86 0010 0000 6500 0082

to:

     0C86 0010 0000 6000 0082

Quit ResEdit, saving your changes. All this patch does is change a conditional branch to an unconditional one. In other words, whereas the Finder used to say, "If the amount of space available is more than one meg, display in M; otherwise, display in K," it now says, "If the amount of space available is more than one meg, uhm, display in K." Trust me; it really says that. Listen closely next time.

 

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