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so I get how to browse of Time Machine data; you can see what your backup's state was at any time.

How do you:

  • see what files have changed between two successive backups
  • find which backup has the last copy of a particular file, before that file was deleted?
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For your first question: see the references to TimeTracker (GUI) and timedog (command line) in What is Time Machine doing? on Server Fault.

To find a specific file see Mac 101: Time Machine:

You can also perform a Spotlight search in the Finder to find a file. Simply type the Spotlight search field and use the back arrow to have Time Machine search through your backups to find what you are looking for.

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Look at the properties of folder and move betwwen times to see differences with help of time machine. I also feel that there is one wizard to see all during varying time periods.

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that's very manual and tedious. – Jason S Jul 18 '09 at 18:30

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