Searching for Photos in Time Machine

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Johntomk, May 27, 2015.

  1. Johntomk macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    I currently have time machine backups dating back to 2010. Is there any way to search (or browse) all photos within a specific backup date without having to search through tons of folders? I have been searching manually by opening each folder, but it is a very tedious process. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. 0d085d macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2015
    In Finder, open the Time Machine backup for the date that you want to search in. This should be a folder named something like 2015-01-20-142443.

    Press cmd+F or start typing in the search box in the top right corner of the window.

    Just below the search box are some plus/minus buttons for adding rules. Press the plus button to add a new rule (or if there's already a rule there, adjust it as follows).

    Set the rule to "Kind" is "Image".

    You can filter for certain image types by changing the select box on the right, or you can type text into the search field to filter by filename.


    You can also switch to cover flow view using the buttons along the top of the window to quickly preview lots of images.
  3. Johntomk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    Awesome! That is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you very much! It became quite tedious and time consuming having to go through a ton of folders. It's even worse with aperture folders.

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