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DWNCC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have tried finding my User Library folder in Time Machine, but no luck.

 

I have managed to find the User/Library folder in normal view and have dragged it into the Sidebar.

 

It is now visable! Great.

 

But when I enter Time Machine and go back in time, it goes gray and you connot see it or it will not go back in time.

 

In other words I am unable to access my backed up files: Address Book, iCal, Mail, Keychains etc.

 

Any suggestion much appreciated!


Mac OS X (10.7.2), Sfari 5.1.2
  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (26,140 points)

    Have you actually opened Library and then entered Time Machine?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (153,455 points)

    Open the Library folder, then enter Time Machine.

  • DWNCC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Linc / Etresoft

    Yes thank you I have tried both to no avail.

    If I use the link in the Sidebar to go to the Library folder, when I enter Time Machine is changes page to merely the hard drive folder. If I open the User/Library folder before going into TM it can be seen in the presnt day, but you cannot go back in time.

    Either approach results in no User/Library folder being seen or accessible.

    Strange!

    Any thought would be great, if you had time.

    Off to bed now, can't think straight! Take care. D :-)

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (153,455 points)

    Do you have snapshots of anything? What about your Documents folder, for example?

  • DWNCC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Backup User folder.png
    Within a copy of the User folder on the back up, I can find all files except the User Library on.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (153,455 points)

    Check your exclusion list in the TM preference pane. Did you exclude the home Library folder from backup?

  • DWNCC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Linc

    I can find no mention of this in the TM Preferences on my Mac.

    If this indeed possible, then this would be terrible possiblity, and not one I knew possible.

    I have not consciously done this, as it would be a pointless thing to do.

    Not wishing to be rude to you! :-)

    Now feel sick!

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (153,455 points)

    Click the Options... button in the preference pane to see the exclusion list.

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (26,140 points)

    DWNCC wrote:

     

    In other words I am unable to access my backed up files: Address Book, iCal, Mail, Keychains etc.

    Let's back up a bit.

     

    Why do you need to do this? Have you lost something? Why do you only want to restore this specific data. If you need to restore your entire home directory, you can do that with Migration Assistant. If you only need to restore some specific items, most of those items listed above have their own Time Machine interface.

  • Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,595 points)

    One option here is to show all hidden files in the Finder, and then navigate through the Time Machine backup instances to see if there are any instances of the Library folder in those backups. To do this, open the Terminal and run the following command:

     

         defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles true

     

    After doing this type "killall Finder" to restart the Finder (or use the OS X force-quit window by pressing Option-Command-Escape), and you should see hidden files. Then open the Time Machine disk and navigate through the backups to the various instances of your user home folder and see if the "Library" folder is listed there.

     

    To undo this, just repeat the above command with "false" at the end of it instead of "true."

  • DWNCC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Etresoft

    It's a long story. My Mac Apps were crashing frequently as I have an older version MacBook Pro, using it with 10.7.3. It just didn't like it one bit.

    I thought I would go back to a previous version, but then I couldn't access the TM to get my data which was erased.

    I thought TM had everything backedup propely, but now I am unsure, as TM has Preferences in two places strangely.

    I erased everthing and statrted with 10.5.8 and then installed up to 10.7.3.

    Now I have no data - Mail, Keychains, iTunes, Address Book.

    Also now I have noticed that iCloud is no longer in my System Preferences.

    I have some data on Icloud, but not my full emails or Address Book.

    I searched my current HD and found the User/ Library, but it wouldn't work in TM.

    All that I could see were Apps and Utilities.

  • DWNCC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Topher

    Thank you. Found the Library, but not in previous version in TM.

    No good.

    Really didn't know one could exclude out the User folder

    Thank you! :-)

    Thin I am now totally in the ...

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (26,140 points)

    DWNCC wrote:

     

    It's a long story. My Mac Apps were crashing frequently as I have an older version MacBook Pro, using it with 10.7.3. It just didn't like it one bit.

    Unfortunately, there are many people here in Apple Support Communities who claim there is something fundamentally wrong with Lion and are advising everyone to go back to older versions of the operating system. That is very bad advice. If Lion is misbehaving, there is some problem that needs to be corrected.

     

    It is not a good idea to try to restore your user account piecemeal like this.

     

    If you have erased everything, then at least you don't have to worry about damaging anything. Try this:

     

    1) Run System Preferences > Users & Groups and click the "+" button to create a new account. Change account type from "Standard" to "Administrator". Give it a short name like "admin".

    2) Log out of your current user and Log in to the new admin user.

    3) Delete any old users you had.

    4) Run Migration Assistant and migrate your old users from Time Machine

  • Victoria Herring Level 2 Level 2 (290 points)

    I have Notes in my Mail [in Reminders/Notes area] and for some reason about 15 of them are missing = I went back to a month or two ago and with Mail open, did a Time Machine search and found the 25 or whatever notes == I restored them and they came in under Time Machine heading, on mymac, in Notes -- but they are empty folders....I did the show hidden files terminal thing and see the files but now I can't figure out where the Notes files are in Mail -- I found Notes.mbox and restored it but there was nothing in there either.

     

    Any sugg. on how to restore the Notes [reminders] part of Mail???

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