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I have a current time machine backup on USB from an older machine running snow leopard 10.6. How can I selectively restore applications and data from this time machine disk to a new mac running Mountain Lion 10.8?

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Also found that I need to use vsdbutil from to resolve permission issues – Shoan Oct 1 '12 at 10:56
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You can just copy folders and files from /Volumes/*/Backups.backupdb/ normally. Finder and cp don't preserve hard links.

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