What to Do When Disaster Strikes

You’ve diligently performed the backups recommended in this book, and then, one fateful day, disaster strikes. It might be a small disaster (one important file is missing) or a large one (your whole computer is missing). In any case, the very first thing you should do is take a deep breath and remind yourself that everything is going to be fine. Once you’re finished not panicking, proceed with the instructions here, depending on the nature of your disaster.

Restore Individual Files

The easiest problem to recover from is a small number of files that are missing, or for which you need an older version. Follow these steps:

  1. If you backed up the files using Time Machine, try restoring them using the steps in Restore ...

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