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Retrieving old settings from TimeMachine (4 posts)
- Started 6 years ago by Richard
- Latest reply 6 years ago from Scott McGuire
I have just erased my drive and completed a fresh install of Snow Leopard. The problem is I forget to make a note of all the old shortcut settings. Is there any way of retrieving these using my Time Machine backup. I restored Fetch from Time Machine but none of the favourites / shortcuts are there.
I'd appreciate any help on this as it would save me a lot of time.
Scott McGuire Administrator
If you're using Fetch 5.1 and later, your shortcuts are stored in a file named com.fetchsoftworks.Fetch.Shortcuts.plist in the Preferences folder, which is inside the Library folder, inside your home (user) folder.
If you're using an earlier version of Fetch, they are in a file named Fetch Shortcuts in the Preferences folder, which is inside the Library folder, inside your home (user) folder.
Restoring this file will restore the hostname, username, initial folder information for the shortcuts, but will not restore the passwords. That's because Fetch stores the passwords for shortcuts in the Mac OS X keychain. So you would need to restore the keychain from your backup as well. Let us know if you need information about doing that.
I have now got the shortcuts back but I would really like to know how to retrieve the keychain passwords too as it would save me a great deal of time.
Scott McGuire Administrator
You're welcome, I'm glad to hear you got your shortcuts back.
To restore your keychain, first, you should quit all running applications, including Fetch, your email program, and Safari, to avoid confusing them.
Then you should use Time Machine to restore the file named login.keychain inside the Keychains folder inside your Login folder inside your home (user) folder. Replacing your existing file of that name should be okay, assuming that you haven't added new passwords to the keychain that you won't also have in the old keychain file.
After doing that, I would recommend running Keychain First Aid just to make sure there are no problems after the restoration. These are the steps you would follow to do that:
* Open the Keychain Access application, which is in the Utilities folder inside your Applications folder.
* Go to the Keychain Access menu, and choose Preferences.
* Click on the "First Aid" tab.
* Make sure both "Synchronize login keychain password" and "Set login keychain as default" are checked.
* Then go to the Keychain Access menu, and choose Keychain First Aid.
* In the password field of the Keychain First Aid window, enter your Mac OS X admin password (this should be the same as your Mac OS X login password).
* Click the Repair radio button.
* Click the Start button.
* Once it's done, close the Keychain First Aid window.
* Restart your Macintosh.
Let us know if you run into any problems after you do all this.
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