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Take Control of Mac OS X Backups by Joe Kissell

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Restore Data with Time Machine

Once you have Time Machine set up and running, it normally does its thing invisibly without intruding on your work at all. And you can continue ignoring it until the time comes when you need to restore something—a missing file or folder, or a previous version of a file you still have. This is where Time Machine's fancy 3D "time warp" interface comes in, and you should try restoring some files now, whether you need them or not, partly to make sure your backup is working properly—but mostly for the experience of flying back through time!

Restore files and folders in the Finder

If you notice that a file or folder is missing, or that you've accidentally changed it and need an older version, follow these steps to retrieve ...

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