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10.5: One possible cause of huge Time Machine backups
Authored by: CarlRJ on Jul 16, '09 10:51:22AM

(Huh, that was really neat -- I submitted roughly this same comment a couple minutes ago, with a link to the program, and was told "Spam detected" and my comment was unceremoniously thrown out with no chance to edit it. I'm kind of annoyed, as now I get to try to retype my comment from memory :-/. The preview certainly didn't tell me that it was considered spam.)

I've been pretty pleased with BackupLoupe (go google it yourself, apparently I'm not allowed to provide a link to it) for figuring out this sort of thing. At first I didn't quite get the point of the app, since I can poke around inside Time Machine backups just fine from the Terminal, but the genius of BackupLoupe is that it computes (and caches) the difference between each pair of backups (just the filenames and sizes involved), and then presents these in a view like a multi-column Finder window, with larger things color-coded, and sorted to the top of the list. This makes it trivially easy to drill down into any specific Time Machine backup to see what comprises the bulk of that backup.

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