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 backup time

Time machine keeps daily snapshot for past month and hourly for the last 24 hours. My question - I am only seeing backups at the rate of anywhere from 3-6 per day. Looking at the TM folder I see ...
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default /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.backupd-auto.plist file

i have messed up my time machine backup file and did not back it up. Can anybody please post the default file from /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.backupd-auto.plist for el captain (10.11....
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How can I delete Time Machine backups, moved into trash?

I was going to delete the Time Machine backups. I made a mistake and instead of deleting them using Time Machine, I just moved the Backups.backupdb folder to the trash. Now, if I try to empty the ...
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Can't connect to Time Capsule

My MacBook (running El Capitan 10.11.4) does not connect to my 2 TB Apple Time Capsule. Upon trying to force a backup, my Mac responds by asking me to eject the MacBook sparse bundle media. How do I ...
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Screwed up my 1TB HD iMac27 - I am running OSX 10.11.5 need to rebuild it in Terminal

** Not sure what I did but I need to regain the space on my 1TB HD. I have made a full back up and need to know the step by step commands in TERMINAL to do this. As you can see I have access to only ...
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Time Machine External Hard Drive stopped being recognized

So I got a 2015 rMBP last year and also got a WD MyPassport External Hard drive with it for Time Machine backups. It ran perfectly a few times a week until yesterday when I plugged it into my Mac. It ...
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Why does new Time Machine & Migrate fail with SD

My MacBook Air had a Time Machine backup of my 60g partition on 80g partition of SD card. The drive needed reformatting, but when I tried to restore the TM backup after disk was erased, CMD-R wouldn't ...
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Renamed old Time Machine folder, is there a way to recover

I have an old Time Machine backup that I did when I was still using Yosemite. Today I wanted to make a Time Machine backup of my current El Capitan install. I didn't want Time Machine to overwrite my ...
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Changed Time Machine hard drives

Wander if anyone can help. I changed over hard drives to use for my Time Machine backups of my mac and have completed a new backup on my new external hard drive. On the old external drive that i ...
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How to set a folder as an time machine backup?

I updated my MacBook Pro and it now it won't boot. I am using my hard drive in an enclosure and an external hard drive to extract the data from the SSD that's inside the Mac. The HD that's in the ...
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Encrypt Time Machine backups without deleting old backups?

I'm on Mavericks (10.9.5). I have an external USB drive that I use exclusively for Time Machine backups. I just realized that the backups are unencrypted. Is there a way to configure Time Machine to ...
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How can I see progress in BackupLoupe?

I'm relieved to discover that BackupLoupe exists, probably for the same reason everyone else is: Time Machine Restores correct system errors but wipe all recent data from your hard drive. BackupLoupe ...
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How can my mac access a time capsule on a different router?

My home has 2 networks, the first one is 192.168.1.X and this network is connected to the modem for internet, and connected to this network is a different wireless router elsewhere in the home with ...
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Recover backup set up of two external hard drives

My backup set up consists on two external hard drives. They are named HDD1 and HDD2. This kind of set up what originally started by another question: Second HDD backup for OS X External HDD1 is now ...
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Can I use Time Machine for multiple different backups?

I have my Macintosh HD 500 Gb who backs up on two external hard drives (both 500 GB), so i have always two backups! But i have an other external hard drive (1TB) with a lot of footage on it which i ...
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Time Capsule appearing as Shared Drive instead of Device

Background I made some changes on my iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011) recently, including removing a Windows partition. These changes which appear to have caused the machine to lose track of my Time Machine ...
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Restore Time Machine onto smaller SSD drive

I have a 2012(?) macmini at home and last night I backed up my HDD to Time Machine then moved the 1TB HDD to the 2nd bay and installed a new 250GB SSD into the 1st bay. I formatted the new drive to ...
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Lost Gmail inbox, can't restore with TimeMachine

Friend woke up today to find only 15 of his 9000+ emails in his Gmail Inbox. Have confirmed on iPhone and Gmail website that for whatever reason, these emails are gone -- they don't show up in "All ...
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Rootless custom scheduling of Time Machine backups

It has been asked how to customize the backup schedule of Time Machine, but the solutions in the answers only seem to work in releases of OS X that weren’t “rootless”, i.e. before 10.11 El Capitan (or ...
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Is this external USB3 drive really this slow for my Macbook TimeMachine backup?

I got myself this WD 2TB USB3 external harddrive for backups: http://amzn.to/1X8b3a8 I connected it to the USB 3.0 port of my mid 2015 Macbook Pro 15". When I run Time Machine, it really takes ...
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Can't access External Drive (time machine), no EFI partition system. How to manually rewrite it?

tried to back up my Mac to time machine yesterday but I couldn't mount the drive. I have a Lacie 3TD hdd that is partition into msdos(for transfer between pc and mac) and hfs(time machine). I am able ...
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Moving Time Machine backup between two local disks results in full backup instead of incremental

The Problem After migrating the entirety of a a Backups.backupdb to a new hard drive as recommended by Apple by simply copy-pasting within Finder between two local disks, Time Machine encountered ...
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Read specific file in Time Capsule from someone else's computer

I recently lost my macbook, and fortunately I have all my backups in a Time Capsule. At the moment I only have an old window PC, and a friend who has a macbook. The question is: how do we recover ...
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Best file system for USB stick for backup purposes

I bought a 128GB stick to back up my MacBook Air (Time Machine). This way I don't need to re-format my external HDD I use for backing up files from my Windows machine. Since I won't be using the stick ...
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How to convert & deduplicate Time Machine backups

I have an external hard drive that I used with Time Machine on a couple of Macs that are now obsolete. A lot of files existed as duplicate copies on both machines, so in some cases the backup data ...
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TimeMachine backups on multiple volumes?

My TimeCapsule's file system got damaged and I lost my TimeMachine backups. It it possible to backup to two different volumes, for redundancy?
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Recover QuickTime 7 Pro registration from backup?

I recently had a disk corruption simultaneous with my Time Machine backup failing to execute for a period of 3 weeks. So I wiped the drive and reinstalled the OS and have been dragging and dropping ...
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Can different user accounts have separate Time Machine Backup drives?

If I have two users accounts on one Mac is it possible to automatically use a different Time Machine drive for each user's data?
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“Backup Disk Not Available”, Time Machine can't find Time Capsule any more

I have a 2 TB Time Capsule and it was used by Time Machine for many months. Some days ago the Time Capsule was disconnected from its power supply and today is now connected again. Time Machine ...
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Time Machine partition won't mount in OSX El Capitan, but mounts in Bootcamp Windows 10

Not sure what happened. Two days ago I just did a Time Machine backup and today the partition won't mount. The external disk is a WD My Passport bought several years ago and total 2 TB. I partitioned ...
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Move user folder (HDD) back to main drive (SSD)

Since large SSDs were quite expensive a while ago, I've moved my User directory to a 1 TB HDD back then. Now I'm going to upgrade to a 1 TB SSD and am thinking about the best and safest way to move ...
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Will iCloud Remote Wipe of MacBook erase system restore on different hardware?

My 2012 MacBook Pro was stolen, but it had Find My Mac enabled through iCloud prior to that event. I have not issued a remote wipe with hopes that I'd be able to use Find My Mac to track it down. Alas,...
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Will Time Machine store the same data twice in this situation?

I had 80 GB of movies on my internal HDD. Time Machine backed them up to an external HDD, along with everything else on my drive. I then moved those movies to another external HDD (which is not being ...
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Does a slow Time Machine disk affect general Mac performance?

Say a Mac Pro tower has OS X + Apps installed on a blazing fast PCIe SSD. It also has Time Machine enabled on a slow 5400rpm mechanical drive. The TM drive is internal and connected at all times. ...
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Is there really no way to force Time Machine to do a second, independent backup?

Edit: I originally asked this in terms of forcing TM to do a "full" backup. After getting answers about how every backup is a "full" backup, I realized I asked the wrong question. The problem is that ...
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Permissions on previous backup stopping me from restoring

I have acquired a new Macbook Pro, running El Capitan (10.11.4), I have a USB drive containing the TM backups of my previous Mac (running Yosemite 10.10.5). I have been reading about how to restore ...
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How do I know if I need a new hard drive?

I just received a MacBook Pro from somebody else because it was running too slow. Booting up takes about 4 minutes. I have tried formatting the drive and reinstalling the operating system from ...
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iMac FD 16GB 21.5 inches Retina

My old Mac crashed badly and I had to sell it. Had a Mac TimeMachine Backup. Bought this new iMac and it came loaded with Sys and a few apps. I want to get my old email from Time Machine back. How do ...
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If AirPort Time Capsule is compromised, will it disclose contents of encrypted backups?

I'm thinking about using an AirPort Time Capsule for my Time Machine backup. I would certainly use encryption, but I'm still concerned about sensitive backup data sitting on a networked routing device ...
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Cherry picking applications for a backup

When I started working at this company, they gave me a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) hardly customized (new SSD, 8GB RAM, etc...) and 2 years after that it's getting kind of slow. It was another ...
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Where is the Autocorrect file for Word 2016 stored in El Capitan?

I recently installed Word 2016 in El Capitain alongside Word 2011. 2016 picked up my preference files, including my autocorrect options, which I had used extensively in Word 2011. I then removed some ...
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Where are Email Messages Stored?

I need to restore my Apple Mail messages and mailboxes from Time Machine. Where can I find these files on Time Machine?
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How to really exclude Time Machine Backups from Spotlight-indexing?

I try to exclude my TimeMachine-backup-storage from being indexed by spotlight and got some weird behaviour. The backup storage is a Time Capsule. To exclude it, i did the following in terminal: ...
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How to find Time Machine disk image?

I try to compact Time Machine disk image but i can't find it. TM is in BackupDisk. $ cd /Volumes $ ls -1 Macintosh HD MobileBackups BackupDisk $ sudo ls -l BackupDisk/ total 0 drwxrwxrwx@ 0 root ...
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Is it necessary to have a TimeMachine backup of the Backblaze Directory?

Since I noticed TimeMachine continuously backing up large files, I had a look with tmutil compare to see where those files are located. Since I had not worked on my mac book air but used it to listen ...
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mDNS not working

I re-installed my pfsense firewall the other day, sometime soon there after my macbook stopped doing backups using time machine. The pfsense is installed on new hardware, but the config was restored ...
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2010 Macbook Pro gets prohibitory sign after update

I have a 2010 Macbook Pro running the latest version of El Capitan. I recently did an update and ever since then when I boot up I get a prohibitory symbol. I tried reinstalling El Capitan using a USB ...
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Second HDD backup for OS X

I have a 500 GB Mac and set up Time Machine to do the back up to an external HDD (external hdd 1). All my files are also stored in the external hdd 1. I would like to have a second external hdd (...
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Mac crashes on Security preferences pane

I restored my machine from Time Machine last night. Whenever I go on "System Preferences > Security", the Mac crashes. There is a com.apple.preference.security.remoteservice file. Additionally, ...
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Installing from not certified developer causes system panel to crash

I want to install third party software. My security settings are very high, so I have to confirm to install software from a not certified developer (yes, the software is trustful!). This night I ...