Accessing individual files on Time Machine Backup?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by gwihannom, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. gwihannom macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2008
    I have a Time Capsule at home, and can opt for the automatic backup via Time Machine program.
    But I have been doing manual backups, transferring files myself to Time Capsule and to an USB drive.
    It's mostly document, media files.

    If I backup using Time Machine, can I access those files individually?
    Or is it just going to be one big chunk of a file?

    Are there any trustworthy syncing programs between my computer and an external hard drive or in my case Time Capsule?
  2. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    If you back up via Time Machine you can retrieve individual files or folders of files from it by going into Time Machine using the "Enter Time Machine" selection from the TM icon in the menubar and navigating to the file or folder you wish to restore. Click it once to highlight it and then click the restore "button" (not exactly a button) at the lower right of the Time Machine screen.

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