Help restoring a few files from backup

I need a tiny bit of help restoring a handful files from backup (these were “ghosted” by DevonThink To Go 3).

I have a zip file of the whole database from a couple of days ago, as well as a Time Machine backup.

What would be the easiest way to restore just 5 files?

Unzip the backup. Determine the path of the missing files from your running DT. Opportunity those files from the exact same location in the unzipped backup.
Why not use the Timemachine backup?

Time Machine shows me the database as a single 50 GB file. I don’t know how to drill into it without restoring the whole thing.

I was able to successfully get the files from the zip by unzipping and loading the database into DevonThink, copying the files to Global Inbox, and closing the database.

Curiously 4 of the files were in a single group; the fifth one was a false positive–it already had size of 0 bytes prior to DevonThink To Go 3.

What if you restore the entire “database” from TimeMachine WITHOUT overwriting. TimeMachine will put a suffix on the file name so as to not over-write the target. Then open that new database in DEVONthink and move whatever files from the restored (but older) database into where you want them.

Work for you?

Bear in mind, if you open the restored database along side the current one, you will get a warning about having a duplicate database UUID.

@cgrunenberg: I thought sync was automatically disabled for databases having the same UUID but I’m not seeing that here…

I didn’t open the 2 databases at once and didn’t run into UUID issue.

Note the 4 files became corrupt again after syncing with DevonThink To Go 3, so it’s not a fluke.

I’m not sure why you’re saying this. Is it informational as I didn’t say anything about it being a fluke. :thinking:

Just informational.


You’re welcome :slight_smile:

that is really interesting, maybe this information helps @eboehnisch to reproduce the error if the same files after restoring with the next sync again become ghost files. so it’s reproducable for you? and not solved by deleting and restoring the ghost files?

An error is logged to Windows > Log, the sync is only internally disabled.

You can browse your Time Machine backups via Finder as well. There, you can right-click the database and choose show package contents to get to specific files.

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