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 Macworld SF 2003
- Macworld Expo San Francisco 2003 Superlatives, Part 2 (27 Jan 03)
- AirPort Extreme: In the Key of G (20 Jan 03)
- Macworld Expo San Francisco 2003 Superlatives, Part 1 (20 Jan 03)
- New PowerBooks: Mini Me and the Lunch Tray (13 Jan 03)
- New Apple Software Spices up iLife (13 Jan 03)
Steve Jobs kept us busy during his keynote at Macworld Expo, introducing two new PowerBooks; updates to iMovie 3, iPhoto 2, and iDVD 3 (grouped with iTunes 3 into a package called iLife); a presentation application called Keynote; and the new Safari Web browser. We cover them all, including a look at how it affects the Apple-Microsoft relationship. Also this week: X11 for Mac OS X; Rendezvous support from TiVo, Brother, and Aspyr; and Office X 10.1.3.
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