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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


A Big Minus for ZipPlus

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A Big Minus for ZipPlus -- Iomega recently revised the compatibility guidelines for the ZipPlus drive, and these guidelines suggest that Iomega either dropped the ball when testing the drive or has a blatant disregard for reality. The ZipPlus can detect whether the drive is connected to a SCSI or parallel port using a special blue AutoDetect cable. Failure to use that cable, use of "any cable converter or gender changer," or use in a multiple-device SCSI chain, could cause system incompatibilities and data loss. Iomega also specifies that the ZipPlus not be used with any PowerBook, regardless of the cable. What's next, a requirement that users store the ZipPlus in a cool, dark place away from loud noises? We hope Iomega will provide a technical solution to these problems quickly. [JLC]

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