Add the right app to your Mac, and you’ll be able to get more mileage from Time Machine, and answer all the basic questions about Apple’s built-in backup app. The App is BackupLoupe. Think of it as a loupe for backup files.
We at the Mac360 world headquarters (virtualized, of course) recommend a variety of backup options for Mac users, and, yes, Time Machine is on the official list.
The problem with Time Machine is the way Apple approaches backups. Plug in an extra disk drive. Point Time Machine in the right direction. Forgettaboutit!
Just let Time Machine sit there and backup files. That’s what Apple wants.
What if you have questions about Time Machine? For example, ‘Which files are actually being backed up?’
Or, you deleted a file or folder accidentally, but don’t remember when or where in Time Machine the last version is stored.
See? Questions. Install BackupLoupe and look at Time Machine’s files in a whole different perspective. This one.
BackupLoupe can tell you which files Time Machine actually backed up and when. Select any folder or file on your Mac and BackupLoupe can tell you if it’s been backed up in Time Machine.
If you’re constantly editing specific files in a project, BackupLoupe can tell you how many revisions or copies of the file have been created in Time Machine and when.
Finding files in BackLoupe is easier than Time Machine. OS X’s Quick Look features works on files, of course, and so does drag and drop to restore files back to your Mac.
Also impressive are all the basic statistics about files in Time Machine. You can open a file in BackupLoupe without restoring the file to your Mac. There’s even a built-in context sensitive Finder menu– right click on a file and see all the revisions.
In short, BackupLoupe is not only useful, it’s fun (if you like statistics), and gives you greater insight to what Time Machine is really doing when you’re not watching it.