I am currently trying to access my Time Machine backups manually, because the Time Machine feature was a little to slow for me and I needed the finder search. Before Catalina this was possible with the .sparsebundle but since then not longer. Every time I double-click the .backupbundle it says "This resource is currently not available".

I wonder if there is a way to mount/open this file to browse my backups. I read that renaming it to .sparsebundle would work but I don't want to destroy my backups – we all know that macOS sometimes do things different from expected ^^.

My Backup is saved on an Airport Extreme by the way. Which still works pretty well!

  • You already know the correct answer (rename the bundle). You should make a backup somewhere else beforehand if you are (rightly) worried about making a mess!
    – Gilby
    Jun 7, 2020 at 7:48
  • What a shame.. I hope they will implement something like that in the future.
    – muuvmuuv
    Jun 8, 2020 at 7:06
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    Sadly it is typical of the rushed/incomplete nature of Catalina. I just hope that 10.16 concentrates on fixing up the missing bits of Catlina.
    – Gilby
    Jun 8, 2020 at 7:45
  • This! Catalina doesn't feel like an Apple product. Tim Cook wouldn't be proud of it. I mean look at Mail which opens randomly when u connect a Gmail account... Devs got lazy.
    – muuvmuuv
    Jun 9, 2020 at 7:52

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Try right-clicking (or Ctrl-clicking) on the bundle in the Finder and choosing "Show Package Contents".

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    That will show the bundle contents, of which the bulk are the 'band' files,
    – Gilby
    Jun 7, 2020 at 7:45
  • Sorry but this does not help.
    – muuvmuuv
    Jun 8, 2020 at 7:06
  • Ah, fair enough, sorry about that. I tried a few experiments with it and it looked like it was doing the right thing, but they were "synthetic" as I don't have a 'real' Time Machine example of that kind of bundle to play with. Jun 8, 2020 at 10:46

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