Time Machine is Apple's built-in backup software. Time Machine was first introduced on OS 10.5 Leopard.

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Time Machine progress from the command line

The Time Machine control panel gives information on in-progress backups. For example Is there a way to get the information from the command line?
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How do you get the internal drive to show up when you're reinstalling?

Macbook Pro. Trying to reinstall Yosemite. I can get to the "Install OS X" page, but the only destination given is "Recovery HD". I can go to disk utilities and see that "Macintosh HD" is there, ...
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Mac Mini Server Reset To Factory - Help With Fatal Error

I am in desperate need of assistance. I am doing my very first in-house server reset and wipe since graduating from school and I am in over my head. I know I am a noob at it but I am THE I.T. GUY at ...
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Time Machine attempts to inherit backup from wrong Mac

Most people seem to want to get their new Mac to inherit their old Mac's backup. I seem to have the opposite problem. I have a person who used Migration Assistant to move from a Mac mini to a laptop. ...
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How to restore individual files from TM backup after clean install?

My teenage daughter's Mac Mini (running OSX 10.8) was cluttered with all sorts of stuff, even unwanted and inappropriate popup windows when using Safari, and more. So I made a final TM backup. Then I ...
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use cable box external drive for time machine backups

I have a cable box that has usb ports. I plugged in an external hdd to one of the usb ports and I can access it from my mac book pro (yosemite) using ftp. I would like to use this drive for my time ...
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Reset Time machine? [on hold]

Sophos has identified 8 trojans/malware all on my Time machine backup drive. What should I do ? Apps -Utils-Airport Util does not show my TM, should it ?
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Lost files on hard drive after Time Machine back up

I did my Time Machine back up using my hard drive. After that, I didn't realize that I lost all my files that were in the hard disk. How can I get the files back? MacBook Air
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restoring to mavericks from yosemite, partition disappeared after fail

I have an mbpro 15" with 2 hard disks: Main: SSD with OS Extra: Time machine backups and data For different reasons I wanted to downgrade to Mavericks. I rebooted with cmd+r and went to time machine ...
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Backing up a NAS (In my case a Drobo b800fs)

TL;DR: We have a NAS that I'm trying to back up. I want to use a Yosemite server to back up one network share to another, with nice indexed incremental backups providing point in time recovery. The ...
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Time Machine space

I have a iMac with a hard drive of 1TB. Used 536 GB. It has an external hard drive of 1TB with Time Machine and the normal copies. The computer had a problem that did not afected the hard drive and ...
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What to do when I cannot boot the Recovery partition?

tl;dr When I hold alt during boot, and select the Recovery partition, the computer displays the bright grey screen with an Apple logo, and a spinning work indicator. But after a few hours nothing has ...
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Time Machine backup of home directory is missing

2 days (on Sunday) ago I performed clean OS X Yosemite installation over OS X Yosemite that was upgraded from Mavericks previously. I have a time machine backup. So, latest backups in time machine was ...
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Time machine deletes old backups when still >2 TB of 3 TB are free

I get messages that my Time Machine backup volume is full and TM has deleted older backups. But my backup target disk is an external 3 TB HD and Finder reports that over 2 TB of it are free (only some ...
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What is happening when time machine refuses to travel for Chrome local storage?

I wanted to retrieve a backup of /Users/MYNAME/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Local Storage. however, TM seems to be claiming that the entire folder came into existence about 30 ...
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No Applications after Backup recovery

I used to backup my data via Airport Time Capsule and configured my backup, so that no Applications are part of the backup. In case of a broken HDD etc. I would prefer to install only those ...
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Move existing USB Time Machine backup to OS X Server Time Machine

How can I move an exiting OS X (10.10.1) USB Time Machine backup history to an OS X (10.10.1) Server (version 4) Time Machine service?
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Encrypt Time Machine backup data sent over the network

I have three relevant machines: An iMac running 10.10 as my Time Machine server. A MacBook Pro running 10.10, which backs up to the server. Backup encryption is enabled. A PowerBook G4 running ...
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Migration Assistant very slow - Can I see what files it is stuck on?

I am migrating to a new machine from a time machine backup from a USB3 drive. It is currently transferring the applications folder and is taking a small eternity and quoting me 100+ hours remaining. ...
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Time Machine files cannot be erased

I put Mavericks on my iMac and Time Machine quit updating. I just want to erase all the TM files on the external HD, but cannot. Looks like reformating is the only answer. Any solutions? Using ...
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Can't navigate Time Machine interface (going backwards/forwards in time) since upgrading to Mac OS X Yosemite

Since upgrading to Mac OS X Yosemite, when I open Time Machine on a folder, I can't navigate backwards in time anymore, on any folder. The arrows are grayed out. Usually, this is because Time Machine ...
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Completely new Time Machine backup?

I made use of Time Machine to restore my Mac's OS and data to a new drive after the old one failed. Time Machine doesn't seem to recognize that the new drive and the back ups are related. Is there a ...
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Time Machine Strategy?

I just finished a tough weekend of getting my Mac back. For whatever reason, it would no longer boot. I am running 10.6.8 on a 2010 MacPro. I installed a new copy of the OS, and migrated, then ...
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Recover certain files from Time machine from previous Mac

I just got my new Macbook Pro Retina and update it to Yosemite. I now want to recover/get some files from my Time Machine backup of my previous Macbook but don't want to migrate my whole Time machine ...
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Programmatically mark file(s) to be ignored by Time Machine [closed]

I'm writing some code that produces a kind of package file, however it includes a kind of working database that isn't strictly necessary (as it can be re-computed) but is best kept bundled with the ...
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Time machine troubles

I have 2 time machine backups on two different hard drives. One drive is formatted non case sensitive, and the other is formatted case-sensitive. I recently bought a 3rd drive, that I wanted to put ...
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How to erase Time Machine backups in trash?

I have a lot of backup data from TM (>800Gb) in my trash and I can't delete it. Trying everything what I find in "AskDifferent" & also this. It's too long - over 2 hours left and nothing! I can ...
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Time Machine won't erase incomplete backup

Mac 10.8.6 I stopped the last backup, but it didn't erase the InProgress backup from then. Now when I try to back up it gives me "Node requires deep traversal:/ reason:contains changes|must scan ...
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How to restore an account from a lost mac from time machine?

I have 2 computers : an iMac and a MBP. My old MBP is dead. I've Time Machine backups from the accounts of this computer. How can I restore those accounts on my iMac to have access to their data?
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After Yosemite 10.10.1, Time Machine will not recognize cifs://goflexhome.local

I cannot get my iMac to see goflexhome.local as a shared device in finder, so Time Machine will not offer it as a drive I can use to backup my machine. I can mount it and talk to it, even create ...
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Problems with TM after moving backup to a new disk

I am running OS X 10.6.8. I bought a new external hard drive and copied the accumulated backups from the old TM disk to this one. Now I am trying to do a backup on the new disk. It logs ...
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Time Machine asks for a backup disk by the wrong name

I have a time machine backup drive that I have renamed to Home Backup. Whenever I forget to take backups, OS X tells me "you haven't backed up to the drive My Passport for 10 days" Running tmutil ...
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Time Machine started to backup files, it is still working and data is larger than actual disk data

I cleaned backup disk as it was full and started a clean (empty) Time Machine backup. On a disk of 465Gb my data occupies 321Gb. Time Machine has started backuping files and I found interesting that ...
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Deleting all but the most recent Time Machine backup

I just bought a new Mac and I'm manually migrating everything over given that it's been a while since I did a clean install and that the new Mac has less storage than my existing one. I will be wiping ...
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Spotlight/Search Not Indexing, MBP Running Too Hot

Short version: Since installing Yosemite on my (mid'12) MacBook Pro, I have seen issues with battery life cut in half and the computer running excessively hot. Symptoms: In the Activity Monitor, ...
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Is encrypting an external hard drive prior to Time Machine equally secure as TM encryption?

It's more it less an order of operations, but should I format and encrypt the external hard drive first without any data and then run TM? I figured that way would be faster rather than TM having to ...
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Time Machine won't backup a folder that was previously excluded

I was troubleshooting my wifes iPhoto library and rebuilt a duplicate library. I didn't want to fill up the 2TB external hard drive used for Time Machine, so I excluded the folder that contained only ...
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Unable to connect to Seagate goflex_home network share in mac

I have a 2TB GoFlex Home Network Share. I'm able to connect and access it using my windows machines and as well as using my ipad. I'm not able to connect it via mac using finder, smb. The browser is ...
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Continue time machine backup with another Mac

I recently bought a new MacBook. It's running Yosemite and I managed to transfer my old user profile from the old computer via migration assistant. Now I want to seamlessly continue my backup on the ...
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Do I need my Time Machine backup if I copied my home directory to an external drive?

MacBook running slow. I want to do a wipe, clean install (OS X Yosemite) and restore. I've copied my home directory to an external drive and could transfer it back after clean install. I'm also ...
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How to transfer files from a non-Mac formatted external HD

In haste I did not format my WD Passport 1TB External HD for Mac. Need to transfer the files from my old 2008 MacBook to my 2014 MacBook Pro. Any help or tips would be so appreciated. When I plug ...
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Time Machine Changed My External Hard Drive's to MBR and now I can't access it!

On Yosemite, I was using Bootcamp to install Windows on a part of my internal hard drive. When, bootcamp was finished (before booting into Windows), Time Machine popped up and asked me if I wanted to ...
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Yosemite 10.10 after installation: Desktop grey, minimize functions not working on windows, dock not visible

So i finished installing Yosemite 10.10 (or at least it said it was completed before my mac restarted) but now that its restarted: the desktop background is grey, desktop icons are not visible, i ...
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Why does Yosemite want to throw away all my backups?

Huh? “To improve reliability, ... will remove your existing backup history” Doesn't that kind of miss the point of having backups?? Time Machine is set to use a network share dedicated to that ...
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permissions problem in copying from external drive in Yosemite

Following a failure of Migration Assistant (sigh), I am trying to manually copy my daughter's files from an external Firewire drive to a newly upgraded iMac running Yosemite. I recently put an SSD in ...
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Does erasing Macintosh HD then restoring from Time Machine result in the HDD being reformatted?

I recently had a problem with the Macintosh HD that could not be repaired using the disk utility so I erased the disk (using disk utility) then restored from time machine (most recent backup) Does ...
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Can't delete old TimeMachine backup

In terminal, trying to do the following: $ sudo tmutil delete /Volumes/BACKUP/Backups.backupdb/lappy/2014-11-02-005458/ Deleting: /Volumes/BACKUP/Backups.backupdb/lappy/2014-11-02-005458 I get ...
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Reset different computer's Time Machine backups to certain time

I have two Macs on Yosemite, and one got a malware/adware bug that will not go away. I am going to do a fresh install, and would like to use Time Machine to restore to the point before the malware was ...
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What folders does the “all my files” finder view pull from?

A relative of mine managed to delete all of the files under "All my files." I am restoring from a recent time machine backup, but am trying to figure out which folders need to be restored. So far I ...
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Cannot mount encrypted Time Machine

I've an encrypted Time Machine with the password saved on the keychain. Now, trying to plug in, it ask me the password and it's always wrong. I've checked hundreds of times and it also allowed me to ...