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One more beginner TimeMachine question...
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Mar 21, 2013, 06:02 AM
several months ago, I installed TimeMachine backups on my parents' iMacs - we are rather happy, they continue working and backupping so far... One question, though: Can I really access the file system on the Time Machine drive? Just in Finder, looking up files, picking out whichever I was looking for (for instance, in the case of having deleted something accidentally)? - I thought you ALWAYS needed the TimeMachine application for this, so that you aren't just able to navigate in Finder...

It does work, right? Anything to worry? I suppose I can't edit the files there, neither delete anything, as this would throw up the concept?

Any explanation? Would be helpful...

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Mar 21, 2013, 06:19 AM
Yes, you can fetch files the normal way.

Don't bother trying to edit or move anything - it won't let you. You can delete entire backup timeshots (say, to free up space) but nothing smaller than that.
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