I want to say that I do not have an automatic way to get a piece of information that is available in a collection of files. I have to do this "manually" or "by hand".

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    "Retrieved" would sound a little more formal than "got", but there's nothing wrong with using "manually". You can reduce ambiguity by describing the automated process to provide contrast. If desired, you can reduce it even more by also describing the manual process. – Chemomechanics Jan 30 at 18:06

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