Search problems within Time Machine....

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Arkanok, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. Arkanok macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, so one day I downloaded a video for the game Crysis from IGN.com, which was downloaded into my "Downloads" folder. Before watching it, I accidently deleted it, and since I run time machine with my external HDD, i figured rather than redownloading it, I'll just restore it. So I opened time machine, typed the word "crysis" into the search field, then hit the up arrow. It zoomed all the way back to the first day i ran time machine, and didn't even find the file! So i figured maybe TM didn't even back up this file, and decided to not type anything into the search field and just manually look through each backup. Turns out, the file WAS in fact backed up, and was named "crysis_vidreview.wmv" or something, but the word crysis was in the file name so I don't have a clue why it wasn't finding it when I typed in the name of the file to search for it.

    Is TM having problems like this for anybody else, or is it just me?
     
  2. mac-convert macrumors 6502a

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    Did you get the buttons to change the search for File Name instead of Content? As soon as I started typing in the search box these appeared.
     
  3. Arkanok thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Arkanok

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    Yeah I tried that too, and didn't seem to work; not for that file anyways...
     
  4. mac-convert macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, then try typing in ".wmv" without the obvious quotes and select File Name and see if it shows up.
     
  5. cavemonkey50 macrumors 6502

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    I've found that searching back in time really doesn't work. No matter what, clicking the arrow always sends me back to my first backup. However, after I'm all the way back in history if I click forward then the searching appears to work, stopping at each change in the search.

    I really think there is a bug in the way Time Machine searches through history. Hopefully it will be corrected soon, until then, just follow my advice above.
     
  6. theman macrumors 6502a

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    works fine for me. you're saying it does this for all files?
     

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