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Can I check what's in a folder when restoring from Time Machine on OSX?

Can I check what's in a folder when restoring from Time Machine on OSX?

I have just swapped my imac for a macbook pro and did a Time Machine backup to then restore. the problem I have is that the hard drive on the macbook isn't big enough to take my restore point.

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"A Time Machine backup is really just a huge folder with many hard links to specific versions of a file. Within that structure, any folder shows you the full backup of that date (even though in fact only changed files will have been written to the backup, when Time Machine was running):

Image from Ars Technica

So browse to ""Latest"" and copy whatever you want.

(When you're using a remote backup, Time Machine might in fact be using a sparse bundle. Double click to mount it.)"