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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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50%-Off Sale on All Take Control Ebooks

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It has been some time since we’ve had a big Take Control sale, and today’s introduction of Bookle gives us a good excuse, so you can get more DRM-free EPUBs to read in Bookle (see “Introducing Bookle, an EPUB Reader for Mac OS X,” 6 February 2012).

To take advantage of this limited-time sale, visit the Take Control catalog using this coupon-loaded link, select the titles you want, and click the Buy Selected Ebooks button. You’ll see the coupon code and the 50-percent discount on the first screen of the cart. The sale runs through 15 February 2012.

Recent Mac-focused titles that you might want to check out include:

  • Take Control of iCloud
  • Take Control of Screen Sharing in Lion
  • Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ, Second Edition
  • Take Control of Using Lion
  • Take Control of Spotlight for Finding Anything on Your Mac
  • Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac

And for those looking for iPad or iPhone help, other recent releases include:

  • Take Control of Your iPad
  • Macworld iPhone 4S Superguide
  • Take Control of Mail on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, Third Edition

Note that the Take Control cart gives you zipped PDFs to download. To download EPUB versions of purchased Take Control ebooks (or recent Macworld Superguides) for reading in Bookle, log in to your Take Control account and click the green EPUB icon next to the book you want to download. Alternatively, you can click the Check for Updates button on the cover of any of our ebooks to go to the book’s Ebook Extras page, where you can find a link to the EPUB in the Downloads tab. Note that we don’t have EPUB versions of some of our oldest titles.

Thanks for the support! We couldn’t afford to devote time and energy to projects like Bookle without your help.

 

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