Do not attempt to copy files/folders from a Time Machine backup. Only use the Time Machine application to restore from the backup.
Click on a Finder window and select Help from the Finder's Help menu. Search for "restore" and select "restore items backed up with time machine" from the hints list. You will find these two articles:
Recover items using Time Machine and Spotlight
If you use Time Machine to back up your Mac, you can use Time Machine with Spotlight to recover lost or deleted items.Note: You can retrieve earlier versions of TextEdit documents from within TextEdit. For more information, see:
The restored item is returned to its original location. For example, if the item was found in the Documents folder, it’s returned to the Documents folder.
If you use Time Machine to back up your Mac, you can easily bring back lost items or recover older versions of files.
You can use Time Machine within many apps. If the iCloud Documents & Data feature is turned on, you can recover older versions of iCloud documents as well as regular documents.
Thanks to both of you! I am a bit confused, but let me try here:
-- I should use my last Air back-up to in essence restore my Air back to its pre-spill status, once I get it back (probably in essence as though it were a new refurbished Air).
-- For files I need to work on now, I connect the external drive to the Pro, enter Time Machine and then use it to find the files I need from that last Air back-up, and save then to the Pro?
About right? Am only a bit concerned that things will get confusing as the same disk was used to back-up the Pro until I made the switch -- am not sure how Time Machine will respond to the two laptops. And I am not really "restoring" versions of documents that are on the Pro, other than my Outlook files these are new files that were never on the Pro.
If you become confused then:
Please visit Pondini's Time Machine FAQ for help with all things Time Machine.
Essentially, for now all you want to do is restore the files you need to your Pro from the Time Machine backup.
When I said to copy your files over I was not talking about from any Time Machine backup. Although I have directly copied files off a TM backup without any problems.
I was suggesting to connect the drive from the liquid damaged system to the other with a SATA to USB adapter of some type.
Sorry for the confusion and not stating that in my other post.