How to find large files in Time Machine backup

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  1. petsk macrumors 6502

    petsk

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    Is there any easy way to find and delete large "unwanted" files from a Time Machine backup on a Time Capsule? Lets say you have some big ISO-files you want to remove but don't know at what date they were backed up.

    I tried to mount the Time Machine backup image and locate big files with GrandPerspective but it didn't really work.

    Suggestions?
     
  2. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

    Hal Itosis

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    Spotlight (from within a Finder window) seems to work just fine for finding large files [i.e., using the 'size' criteria and targeting the Backups.backupd folder by opening it and then typing ⌘F.] As far as deleting items from the Backups.backupd folder goes, i think it's always a good idea to at least try asking Time Machine to do that (from within its spacey GUI). It may work using other methods, but i believe in not going behind Time Machine's back, if at all possible (when it comes to altering its database).
     
  3. petsk thread starter macrumors 6502

    petsk

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    Thanks! I tried that too actually but the target was all "shared" volumes including a NAS. But maybe I can unmount network shares and give it another go..
     
  4. petsk thread starter macrumors 6502

    petsk

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    No success, I can't get this working. If I go to Finder and fill in any kind of seach criteria no matter if it's size, filename or anything spotlight simply doesn't search the mounted disk image (it's searching fine on other volumes and disk images). It just says "0 times" and the "searching" icon in the right lower corner doesn't show up.
     

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