13 Replies Latest reply: Jun 6, 2014 10:01 AM by HeyAng
hibhaven Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I had to format my MBP and hence took a complete backup of my machine. Now I'd like to retrieve ONLY the Bookmarks from the backup that exists on my external HD that was backed up using Time Machine. Is there a way I can do that?

 

To extend this original question, I want to retrieve only selected items from the backup viz. Only my data Only some applications, Only the text written in sticky notes in widgets, Only data in my Address book etc. Is it possible to do so?

 

Thanks in advance.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.1), Intel Core i7, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD
  • 1. Re: Import only Bookmarks from Time Machine backup
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,475 points)

    Quit Safari. In the Finder, select Go ▹ Go to Folder... from the menu bar, copy the text on the line below into the box that opens, and press return:

     

    ~/Library/Safari/Bookmarks.plist

     

    A Finder window will open with an item selected. Enter Time Machine and restore the item.

  • 2. Re: Import only Bookmarks from Time Machine backup
    hibhaven Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried that, unfortunately it is unable to find the reqd folder. Says 'The folder cant be found'.

     

    I guess the Library folder is hidden and hence cannot be found directly:(. And now its on the backup drive and not on the MBP either:(.

     

    Any other suggestions?

  • 3. Re: Import only Bookmarks from Time Machine backup
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,475 points)

    Launch the Terminal application in any of the following ways:

     

    Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)

     

    In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.

     

    If you’re running Mac OS X 10.7 or later, open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the page that opens.

     

    Drag or copy — do not type — the following line into the Terminal window, then press return:

     

    ls -l ~/Library/Safari

     

    Post any lines of output that appear below what you entered — the text, please, not a screenshot.

  • 4. Re: Import only Bookmarks from Time Machine backup
    hibhaven Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Here is what i get:

     

    Bhavens-MacBook-Pro:~ bhaven$ ls -l ~/Library/Safari

    total 472

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 bhaven  staff   19555 May  5 14:39 Configurations.plist.signed

    drwxr-xr-x@ 2 bhaven  staff      68 May  5 13:44 Databases

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 bhaven  staff     432 May  5 20:08 Form Values

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 bhaven  staff    7930 May  5 22:09 History.plist

    -rw-------@ 1 bhaven  staff   69632 May  5 22:09 HistoryIndex.sk

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 bhaven  staff    6200 May  5 22:09 LastSession.plist

    drwxr-xr-x@ 8 bhaven  staff     272 May  5 22:09 LocalStorage

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 bhaven  staff    1198 May  5 15:35 TopSites.plist

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 bhaven  staff  126976 May  5 22:09 WebpageIcons.db

  • 5. Re: Import only Bookmarks from Time Machine backup
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,475 points)

    Do as in my first response, but enter this in the Go to Folder dialog:

     

    ~/Library/Safari

     

    Restore the file named Bookmarks.plist in your backups.

  • 6. Re: Import only Bookmarks from Time Machine backup
    hibhaven Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    By doing the above steps, it takes me to the Safari folder on my Mac HDD and not on my backup disc. (i dont see the Bookmarks.plit file in my Safari folder on my Mac HDD)

  • 7. Re: Import only Bookmarks from Time Machine backup
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,475 points)

    That's what you want. Don't copy anything from the backup volume in the Finder. Use the time-travel interface. If you ever backed up the Bookmarks file, it's in your snapshots.

     

    Mac 101: Time Machine

  • 8. Re: Import only Bookmarks from Time Machine backup
    hibhaven Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Cool, thanks Linc, I just restored the bookmarks.plist file. And Time Machine is amazing. In 8 months of backing-up, this is the first time I used TM to restore a file. COOL stuff.

     

    Another minor query on this last step. So when I entered TM with the relevant Library/Safari folder open, TM took me into the same folder in its history. And when I selected the bookmarks.plist file to restore it, it asked me where I want to restore it. I assumed it'd restore it to the same folder by default. I had to go through a two step process. I first restored it to my desktop, and then copied it into the Safari folder. Is this how a file is supposed to be restored using TM?

  • 9. Re: Import only Bookmarks from Time Machine backup
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,475 points)

    That's because you formatted the boot volume. It's not really the same volume you backed up.

  • 10. Re: Import only Bookmarks from Time Machine backup
    ArtificialA Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Linc. I just did a clean install of Mac OS Lion and I've run into the same problem. From reading this thread I've managed to un-hide the Bookmarks.plist file on my HDD. But when I go into the time travel interface (with it still highlighted in Finder) it is still not showing up there. Previous backups were done on Snow Leopord. Any ideas?

  • 11. Re: Import only Bookmarks from Time Machine backup
    ArtificialA Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    just in case it helps here is the result of "ls -l ~/Library/Safari" in terminal

     

    total 2200

    -rw-r--r--  1 apryor  staff    3390 May 31 02:42 Bookmarks.plist

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 apryor  staff   19555 May 30 23:12 Configurations.plist.signed

    drwxr-xr-x@ 2 apryor  staff      68 May 30 23:12 Databases

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 apryor  staff    1356 May 30 23:44 Downloads.plist

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 apryor  staff     160 May 31 03:35 Form Values

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 apryor  staff   15925 May 31 03:42 History.plist

    -rw-------@ 1 apryor  staff  282624 May 31 03:42 HistoryIndex.sk

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 apryor  staff   42777 May 31 03:43 LastSession.plist

    drwxr-xr-x@ 8 apryor  staff     272 May 31 02:50 LocalStorage

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 apryor  staff  551920 May 30 23:54 Safari Desktop Picture.jpg

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 apryor  staff    1506 May 31 03:15 TopSites.plist

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 apryor  staff  192512 May 31 03:42 WebpageIcons.db

  • 12. Re: Import only Bookmarks from Time Machine backup
    Moggie37 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Great intel Linc--been having this problem a lot lately and this works!

  • 13. Re: Import only Bookmarks from Time Machine backup
    HeyAng Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    You saved my buttockus! Thanks so much!!