The best way to use Time Machine is with multiple disks, ensuring that your Mac’s backups remain safe even if one of your backup drives fails. But using multiple disks with Time Machine means that some of your backup data may differ between drives. Thankfully, Apple provides a hidden feature that lets you browse and recover data from a specific Time Machine drive rather than the latest aggregate data from all of your drives. Here’s how it works.
Once you’re within its interface, Time Machine’s gear menu can be really helpful if you need to delete all backups of a certain item or restore to a specific location. But you can also copy files and paste them anywhere, so if you need to use an item as an attachment, say, without saving it back on your Mac, you can do so! We’ll tell you how.
Apple created Time Machine to be an easy way to backup your Mac’s data, but underneath its simple exterior lies a very powerful and customizable foundation. Here’s how to use Terminal to unlock Time Machine’s full potential and become a backup power user!