Time Machine Restore Question

expergo

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Nov 21, 2004
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Hi,

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?

Thanks
 

QuarterSwede

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Oct 1, 2005
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Hi,

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?

Thanks
Open Mail and then click on Time Machine (TM) and it'll bring the mail window into TM.
 
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expergo

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Nov 21, 2004
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Open Mail and then click on Time Machine (TM) and it'll bring the mail window into TM.
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.
 
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Father Jack

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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
 
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CavemanUK

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Jun 29, 2006
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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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