BackupLoupe
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Analyze, browse, and restore Time Machine backups.   Shareware ($5.00)
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BackupLoupe allows you to answer questions like:
  • Why does Time Machine take so long to back up my files?
  • Which files are actually being backed up?
  • Has a particular file/folder been backed up at all?
  • How many revisions of a file/folder exist in Time Machine?
  • A file/folder was deleted accidentally. When did this happen and where is the latest backup?
  • Is my backup drive big enough? Should I consider buying a larger one? And if yes, when?
In addition BackupLoupe provides intuitive ways to restore any item
What's New
Version 2.5.4:

Bug fixes

  • Some sizes would be displayed in MB instead if GB
  • Artefacts in browser view when displaying files with long names

Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.5 or later



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BackupLoupe User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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June8 reviewed on 26 May 2013
I use this utility since approx. 3 years. It was always very helpful for me. My decision not changed: Much better that its high priced competitor. Developer is very sensitive and helpful.
[Version 2.3.5]


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Z80AL reviewed on 19 Apr 2013
Just wanted to comment on the speed of support provided ..... After successfully indexing a gigantic backup (>200 snapshots), I attempted a further index of the additional snapshots added in the interim (since the indexing had taken some hours). This additional indexing crashed, and I emailed the developer with the details. Not only did he reply within 25 minutes(!), but he sent me a link to a newer version (2.3.5), which he's apparently releasing shortly. I've found 2.3.5 to be stable thus far (I'm using it on both Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion), and there's no denying the good value in this app for just $5. Once the indexing is done, then the speed of Backup Loupe is excellent, and it's very easy to find when a particular item was backed up. Overall, a very handy utility.
[Version 2.3.4]


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Frankof reviewed on 26 Jan 2013
New version immediately crashes when it starts to index local backups. Sometimes, rarely, it does not crash at that point, but indexes all backups properly (and shows their sizes afterwards). Then, when you click on one indexed backup to see what has been backed up, it shows that, and then is stuck. When you click on another backup, it does not change to that backup, but doesn't do anything for some time and then crashes.
Used to be a good and useful program, though...
[Version 2.3.1]

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Gilby101mu replied on 27 Jan 2013
I sent email to developer re getting 'stuck'. Fixed within a few hours in v 2.3.2. That seems pretty good to me!
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Fabro reviewed on 10 Oct 2012
Useful app with a nice UI.
[Version 2.2]


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+4

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Mistere reviewed on 24 Jun 2012
A top notch utility that I could not live without! It's a must have for anyone who manages more than a single TM backup for someone who only emails and browses the web on their computer.

If you're a power user or working with multiple TM disks or perhaps disk image backups of TM disks (I do this before clean installs) BackupLoupe is the only way to go! Can't beat the price and it's maintained regularly.

Interface was a little counterintuitive for me at first but then I read the help file, RTFM!, and I got it now. I discovered a lot of new features when I finally read the help file too.

I wish it was possible to surgically remove something I backed-up by mistake but I know the purpose of this utility is to not write to the TM disk in any way so I know that's not going to happen. Given the choice of guaranteed data integrity by leaving it alone vs. being blamed every time someone corrupts their TM backup for whatever reason, I would always choose the former.

So, if you're even on the fence trust me, a 15+ year Mac user, and just get it already. I'm not affiliated with soma-zone in any way. I just know a killer app when I see one and I knew this one was killer the first time I used it!
[Version 2.2]


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Frankof reviewed on 20 Feb 2012
I've used BackupLoupe for quite some time, and generally like it. However, I noted that twice after using BackupLoupe, the "verification" process of TimeMachine killed my backup. The first time I could repair the affected sparsebundle, the second time the bundle was too corrupt to be repaired. It MAY be a coincidence, but in both cases the failed verification happened exactly with the first backup after using BackupLoupe. As far as I understand, BackupLoupe does not modify the backups itself, so the problem might be a scheduled TimeMachine running at the same time as BackupLoupe indexing. Or BackupLoupe doesn't mount or unmount the backups properly.
Whatever the reason, I am now reluctant to use or recommend BackupLoupe.
[Version 2.2]

1 Reply

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+3

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Soma-Zone replied on 21 Feb 2012
Hi Frankof, as you said, BL does not alter your backups in any way. As a matter of fact, it even suspends all scanning operations while 'backupd', the Time Machine service, is running.

Still I'd like to know what caused your problems. If you have the time, please open a support ticket at http://support.soma-zone.com. Thank you!
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avername commented on 24 Nov 2011
Unfortunately not read the contents of the backup from Time Capsule(( Displays a list of digital archives, each of 8.35 MB. Mac OS 10.7.2
[Version 2.1.5]

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Soma-Zone replied on 21 Dec 2011
Hi avername, Please read section 2 ('Before you start') in the included help file. It explains how to mount the backup file system.
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Joe Porter commented on 19 Nov 2010
A thoroughly useful utility. And a really good price - less than a Big Mac

If used in superuser mode it can munge backups - but when used with some sense it is a wonderful tool. I managed to corrupt a terabyte or so of backups - but to be fair I was about to erase that disk anyway so it wasn't a big deal for me.
[Version 2.1.2]

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Soma-Zone (developer) replied on 21 Nov 2010
Hi Joe,

thanks for taking the time to evaluate BackupLoupe.

Please note, that BackupLoupe is not capable of modifying your backups in any way. It will read them, search them or restore items. But it does not alter your backups. Not in super user mode, nor under any other circumstances. Whatever corrupted your backup, it was not BackupLoupe.
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Soma-Zone (developer) commented on 17 Nov 2010
Some users are experiencing problems with indexing snapshots. I've uploaded a fix:

http://www.soma-zone.com/download/files/BackupLoupe_2.1.2_RC1.zip

I've had positive feedback about this fix already, but the release of version 2.1.2 will be postponed until I get confirmation from the remaining users who reported this problem.

Thanks to anybody who helped me resolving this issue!
[Version 2.1]

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Jocatra replied on 17 Nov 2010
Sorry, but the problem persist yet... Keep erase the old index snapshots (version 2.1.2 RC1).
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Jocatra replied on 19 Nov 2010
Now (final 2.1.2) is working, BUT don't recognize the old snapshots and unexpectedly do another without my permission... At least, this time, the app could do a new index snapshot despite of long time taked.
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Soma-Zone (developer) replied on 21 Nov 2010
JOCATRA, I'm glad 2.1.2 works for you.

Version 2.1 uses a slightly different database format. Users of previous versions where notified about this via appcast.

About "unexpectedly do another without my permission": What did BackupLoupe do without your permission? BackupLoupe supports auto indexing of new snapshots, but you have to configure it. If you think you found a bug, please let us know. Via support forum, email or IRC: http://www.soma-zone.com/support

I agree that BackupLoupe could be faster. But keep in mind that it has to compare hundreds of thousands of files. And I invite you to compare BackupLoupe with competing products. You may find that BackupLoupe is not slow at all.
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+151
Frankof commented on 16 Nov 2010
Latest version as of today crashes reproducibly when trying to index snapshots. Not usable any more, I had to revert to the prior version
[Version 2.1]

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Soma-Zone (developer) replied on 16 Nov 2010
This seems to happen on systems where TM is backing up to network attached storage. Expect a fix within the next hour. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
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Frankof replied on 16 Nov 2010
maybe, I'm backing up to my TimeCapsule.
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Soma-Zone (developer) replied on 16 Nov 2010
I just released a new version. Important: the crashed process might have left some temporary files in /tmp. Please remove them (in Terminal.app enter "rm /tmp/com.soma-zone.BackupLoupe*" without the quotes) before updating.

My apologies for the trouble.
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+151
Frankof replied on 16 Nov 2010
ok, version 2.1.1 seems to work again. Thanks for the quick fix.
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Jocatra replied on 16 Nov 2010
As FRANKOF, same problem here and I'm not using Time Capsule... Back to 2.0.6 version. Please, fix it. Many thanks.
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Soma-Zone (developer) replied on 16 Nov 2010
@JOCATRA: Version 2.1.1 does not solve your problem? Please contact me via http://support.soma-zone.com. Thank you!
There are currently no troubleshooting comments. If you are experiencing a problem with this app, please post a comment.


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Jelswort rated on 10 Mar 2014

[Version 2.5.4]



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Zukan rated on 03 Jan 2014

[Version 2.5.1]



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a_m_k rated on 24 Nov 2013

[Version 2.5]



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PRjohnson rated on 29 Jul 2013

[Version 2.4]



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Noraa rated on 11 Apr 2013

[Version 2.3.4]



Marcus-Mir rated on 03 Apr 2013

[Version 2.3.2]



+28

PRjohnson rated on 18 Feb 2013

[Version 2.3.2]



Toxe rated on 25 Oct 2012

[Version 2.2]



somethingstrange rated on 24 Sep 2012

[Version 2.2]


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Type:Utilities : Backup
License:Shareware
Date:03 Mar 2014
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $5.00
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BackupLoupe allows you to answer questions like:
  • Why does Time Machine take so long to back up my files?
  • Which files are actually being backed up?
  • Has a particular file/folder been backed up at all?
  • How many revisions of a file/folder exist in Time Machine?
  • A file/folder was deleted accidentally. When did this happen and where is the latest backup?
  • Is my backup drive big enough? Should I consider buying a larger one? And if yes, when?
In addition BackupLoupe provides intuitive ways to restore any item backed up by Time Machine to any location or exclude directories from future backups.

Features:
  • Quickly identify the items which take up the most space
  • History: Show how many versions of an item are available and when they were saved; Quick navigation between versions
  • Integration with other applications via System Services: Click on an item in Finder to find all its revisions
  • Drag-and-drop restore items to any location
  • Finder / Path Finder integration (Reveal, Info)
  • QuickLook support
  • Provides extensive statistics about backups
  • Instant identification of file type while browsing
  • Open files directly without restoring them first
  • Find function, which works without the backup drive being connected
  • Browse backups while the backup device is not connected
  • Exclude items from future backups on the fly (without opening TM preferences)
  • Handles multiple Time Machine disks
  • Handles backups in non-standard locations


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