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?

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.


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.

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

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