Table of Contents       3. Catalog your data

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3.12 Catalog disks with a Time Machine backup

Time Machine is Apples easy-to-use personal backup system, and cataloging disks containing that data with NeoFinder require two special settings to work properly.

1. Apple uses a special folder, called a “bundle” or “package”, to hide the actual content of the backup from you. The name of the folder is

By default, NeoFinder ignores the content of such bundles, so if you wish to catalog a Time Machine backup, the first option to be considered is the
Ignore Package Contents option, in the Cataloging Preferences of NeoFinder.

2. Time Machine uses a huge number of hard links, or
Alias files inside every such backup folder. A really really large number of them. NeoFinder tries dutifully to catalog all of those, but that can take a very long time, increasing the size of your NeoFinder catalog a lot.

As these hard links or aliases are not very interesting, you can tell NeoFinder to simply ignore them, and catalog a Time Machine backup disk smoothly.

Also, the code that detects the strange “hard link alias” items that Apple uses in these Time Machine backups has been massively improved in NeoFinder 7.1, so if you use any older version, you definitely want to upgrade to NeoFinder 7.1.

Here is a how the
Ignore section of the Cataloging Preferences in NeoFinder should look like, in regards of Alias files and Package content. This way, you can safely and successfully catalog a disk that contains a Time Machine backup.

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