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Restoring files with Time Machine

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Video: Restoring files with Time Machine

Once you've backed up your files using Time Machine, you should know how to recover files if they become deleted accidentally, or overwritten. The restore process for Time Machine couldn't get any easier. Let me show you how this works. Before I show you how to restore these files, I'm actually going to go into my Home folder. So I'm going to go create a new Finder window. I'm going to go into my Pictures folder, and I'm going to delete this Fun Pics folder. So I'm going to simulate the process of me accidentally removing files on my computer.

Restoring files with Time Machine

Once you've backed up your files using Time Machine, you should know how to recover files if they become deleted accidentally, or overwritten. The restore process for Time Machine couldn't get any easier. Let me show you how this works. Before I show you how to restore these files, I'm actually going to go into my Home folder. So I'm going to go create a new Finder window. I'm going to go into my Pictures folder, and I'm going to delete this Fun Pics folder. So I'm going to simulate the process of me accidentally removing files on my computer.

So, there's that Fun Pics folder, it's in the trash, and now I'm going to empty the trash. (audio playing) There we go, so you can see that my trash can is empty. Now what I'm going to do, is I'm going to go to the folder where those files used to be. So I'm going to go to the File menu, choose New Finder Window, and we'll go to my Pictures folder. And as you can see, those files are gone. Now what I'm going to do now is I'm going to activate Time Machine. So I'm going to come over here to my Launch Pad, and I'm going to click on Time Machine in the Other category, to launch Time Machine on my computer. Now what you're going to see here is essentially the space time continuum of the files on your computer.

And basically, what it's showing you is the current state in time. But then if you look over here, you also have different states of when the files were backed up. Now if I want to, I can click on today at 3:09, and that's going to bring that to the current state. Or I could even click on one of these windows, to bring that window to the current state. So we can see that now we're at today at 2:54, as indicated right here. Now I'm going to click on the Fun Pics folder. And then I'm going to click the Restore button (audio playing) And you'll notice that, as if by magic, these files have automatically been copied back to their original location. And here's all of my original files.

As you could see, with Time Machine, you can work confidently knowing that you always have access to your data when disaster strikes. When you're working on your computer and your hard drive fails, what you would do is restore your computer to the original software. And then you'll be given the opportunity to restore from a Time Machine backup at that point, as well.

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Up and Running with Mac OS X Mountain Lion

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  1. 1m 17s
    1. Welcome
      1m 17s
  2. 6m 38s
    1. What is an OS?
      1m 18s
    2. What is Mountain Lion?
      1m 24s
    3. System requirements
      3m 56s
  3. 11m 43s
    1. How to get Mountain Lion
      4m 58s
    2. Installing Mountain Lion
      4m 10s
    3. Keeping your Mac up to date
      2m 35s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. The purpose of user accounts
      1m 23s
    2. Creating a user account
      5m 23s
    3. Logging in to a user account
      4m 41s
    4. The Home folder
      5m 10s
    5. Setting parental controls
      6m 36s
  5. 1h 9m
    1. The Finder
      3m 26s
    2. Finder windows
      7m 30s
    3. Customizing the Finder window toolbar
      4m 50s
    4. Finder preferences
      5m 3s
    5. Working with files and folders
      8m 38s
    6. Sharing files between users
      5m 6s
    7. The Dock
      7m 51s
    8. Setting the desktop and the screensaver
      7m 50s
    9. The Dashboard
      5m 27s
    10. Mission Control
      8m 7s
    11. Launchpad
      6m 3s
  6. 17m 54s
    1. Connecting to the Internet
      3m 52s
    2. Safari fundamentals
      6m 26s
    3. Top Sites
      4m 1s
    4. Using the new Share feature
      3m 35s
  7. 13m 52s
    1. Setting up an email account
      3m 45s
    2. The Mail interface
      3m 14s
    3. Working with messages
      6m 53s
  8. 32m 25s
    1. Contacts
      6m 31s
    2. Calendar
      5m 39s
    3. TextEdit
      5m 9s
    4. Preview
      4m 18s
    5. QuickTime player
      4m 50s
    6. Installing applications
      5m 58s
  9. 27m 2s
    1. Reminders
      6m 42s
    2. Notes
      3m 57s
    3. Messages
      5m 6s
    4. Notification Center
      4m 34s
    5. Dictation
      6m 43s
  10. 7m 32s
    1. Backing up with Time Machine
      5m 2s
    2. Restoring files with Time Machine
      2m 30s

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