When the FedEx delivery truck arrived around 11 AM today with my pre-ordered copy of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard from the Apple Store, I quickly slipped my feet into my trusty new leopard slippers in order to go outside and sign for the box. I learned that Apple had warned FedEx ahead of time to expect a lot of Leopard packages today and that FedEx had been asked to try to deliver them as early as possible. He said that for the Ithaca-based FedEx branch, there were about 150 boxes. (Thanks to Adam for taking my photo.)
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.
Other articles in the series Leopard Arrives
- Leopard Compatibility List Updated (19 Dec 07)
- Punching a Hole for Back to My Mac (17 Nov 07)
- Transparent Menu Bar, Die Die Die! (16 Nov 07)
- A Simple Hack To Fix Leopard's Stacks (15 Nov 07)
- Mac OS X 10.5.1 Fixes Numerous Leopard Flaws (15 Nov 07)
- PGP Causes Leopard Slowdown, But Fix Is Simple (13 Nov 07)
- Leopard Firewall Takes One Step Forward, Three Steps Back (05 Nov 07)
- Spotlight Strikes Back: In Leopard, It Works Great (01 Nov 07)
- Evaluating the Leopard Installation Process (28 Oct 07)
- Time Machine: The Good, the Bad, and the Missing Features (28 Oct 07)
- Leopard Early Fixes and Warnings (27 Oct 07)
- FileMaker Pro Has Known Glitches under Leopard (26 Oct 07)
- Screen Sharing with Leopard Extends to Tiger (26 Oct 07)
- Six Things I Hate about Leopard (26 Oct 07)
- Take Control News: Five Ebooks Launch You into Leopard: Save 30%! (26 Oct 07)
- Leopard Simplifies File Sharing (25 Oct 07)
- Spaces: A First (and Very Happy) Look (25 Oct 07)
- Are Your Fonts Ready for Leopard? (22 Oct 07)
- How Leopard Will Improve Your Security (22 Oct 07)