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Retrieving Keychain from TimeMachine

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DNA1977 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 11, 2011 10:45 AM



I've recently moved to Snow Leopard (from Leopard). I want to retrieve login and passwords of all my online accounts, which are stored in Keychain. When I open it from the backup file in the timemachine I can't able to.


Is there a way to bring back the old keychain from timemachine which was made when I was using Leopard? Should copy/paste do the job?


Thanks for your time.

MacBook, 2.4 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 4 GB (1067 MHz DDR3), IC2D
  • Jeffrey Jones2 Level 6 Level 6 (8,425 points)
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    May 18, 2011 8:02 AM (in response to DNA1977)

    The default keychain is in your home folder's Library, at Library/Keychains/login.keychain.

    Restore that file. If you have a different password under Snow Leopard then you had under Leopard, the keychain will still need the old password.

  • Boyd Porter Level 2 Level 2 (435 points)
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    May 19, 2011 10:47 AM (in response to DNA1977)

    Follow Ponidini's excellent instructions on restoring individual items.



    It sounds like you are trying to restore via the Finder rather than the Time Machine interface.  That is a no no.


    Have a nice day.

    Two White MacBook Core Duo 1.83 (2006) 2GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Time Capsule 500GB 7.5.2; Two iPad 16GB iOS 4.3
  • R C-R Level 6 Level 6 (13,795 points)
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    May 21, 2011 4:18 AM (in response to DNA1977)

    It isn't clear exactly what you want to do. If you start from scratch, there is no way to continue from where you left off. But if you just want to restore selected items from a Time Machine backup other than from the new one see

    Pondini's Frequently Asked Questions 17. How can I see my backups, or the Backups for a different Mac?

  • poubell Calculating status...
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    Dec 3, 2011 2:05 PM (in response to DNA1977)



    Did you ever get an answer that worked for you?


    I am having a simular problem and haven't been able to find the file "login.keychain!"

  • Chris in NY Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
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    Jan 20, 2013 1:30 AM (in response to R C-R)



    A side question: I have a similar problem and accessing Time Machine for the date of the back up desired. But my particular problem is when I go to the "~/Home/" folder, I cannot see "/Library" much less the "/Keychains" folder I'm seeking.


    I'm afraid Time Machine didn't keep that folder -- but this can't be true; there were no settings to do anything that specific. I know some folders can't be seen. How do I change the setting that allows me to see that folder?


    When I use "Go to folder..." from the Finder with that specific location (adding in the presumably hidden folders) it reports back the location does not exist.


    Thanks for any help you can provide!


  • christopher rigby1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,070 points)
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    Jan 20, 2013 9:31 AM (in response to Chris in NY)

    If you're now using Lion or later, you can't see your Library folder anymore, Apple have made it invisible. However, this magazine article explains a whole raft of methods of getting to view it :



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