Time Machine Restore Question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by expergo, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. expergo macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2004

    I just did my first backup using TM. But I've been thinking about how it works and am not sure if I understand it correctly. It backs up my files like iTunes and Mail, but let's say all of a sudden, all my email is corrupted on my Mac. How would I restore JUST the mail?

    Also when looking for specific files, I can't use iTunes to search? While the search feature is good for looking for specific folders, if I lose data, I'm not going to remember the name of all the files I lost, so how do you restore a certain date?

  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Open Mail and then click on Time Machine (TM) and it'll bring the mail window into TM.
  3. expergo thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2004
    Does it revert back to that date or bring all the emails from that date to my current mail?

    How do you restore iTunes? It doesn't work the same way.
  4. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    In Time Machine go back and select the emails you want to recover. When you click on recover a new mail box (recovered messages) appears in Mail. This is where your recovered emails will be .. :)

    Go into your Music folder then start TM
  5. CavemanUK macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2006
    Rhyl, North Wales
    If you wanted to go back in time with all files then i guess you could...

    • Open Finder
    • Click on your username
    • Open Time Machine
    • Go back to the desired date
    • Hilight all the folders in your home folder
    • Click Restore...

    This is just my theory, Ive never tried it and Time Machine wouldnt delete any files that didnt exist in the backup..

    anyone else think this would work?

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