Time Machine is an integral part of my backup system* of multiple hard disks and an online backup of critical files. What Time Machine does is give me quick access to files that I know I once had but can’t find, or might be lost, or could have been deleted.
The problem with Time Machine is that it just works. You know it’s doing something but can’t always be sure of what files have been saved and where they are located. That means Time Machine often becomes a File Hunting Machine. You have to hunt to find what you need.
Is there a better way? BackupLoupe.
If you use Time Machine then you’ll absolutely love using BackupLoupe. It gives you a Finder-like interface to find files, including files with multiple versions (including when and where they were saved). Try finding files that way in Time Machine.
BackupLoupe is Finder-friendly, too. Click on an item in the Finder and BackupLoupe will find all the file revisions. Simple drag and drop restores any file to wherever you want, and it supports QuickLook so you can see the file’s contents without opening the associated app (and open files without restoring them from Time Machine to your Mac).
This cleverly design app even lets you browse Time Machine’s files even when the Time Machine disk is not connected to your Mac, and it doesn’t care if you have multiple Time Machine disks.
BackupLoupe also lists a number of important Time Machine statistics, including the storage device name, remaining space, number of total snapshots as well as indexed snapshots, and the total size of the indexed snapshots.
It also lists the average size of a snapshot per hour, size per day and week, and the number of files per snapshot. If you accidentally delete a file or folder, BackupLoupe can tell you when it happened, and the location of the latest backup.
In other words, one inexpensive Time Machine utility gives you information that Time Machine does not, and actually makes it easier to find and use files in the backup storage. If your Time Machine backups are critical, so is BackupLoupe.